April 26, 2006 -- Canada is urging Uzbekistan to release from jail a Canadian Islamic religious leader.
Huseyin Celil was arrested in Uzbekistan last month during a family visit.
The prime minister's parliamentary secretary, Jason Kenney, said it was outrageous that Uzbek authorities had detained Celil without any clear explanation.
Kenney said the government was using all possible diplomatic avenues to press for Celil's release.
Celil faces deportation to his homeland China, where he was jailed years ago for his work as a rights activist for China's Muslim Uyghurs.
(AP, amnesty.ca, Toronto Star)