I’D LIKE TO SEE THEM HAVE A FAMILY REUNION AT THE AIRPORT FOR THEIR DEPORTATION…THEY CAN ALL BOARD THE PLANE TOGETHER…
Terror suspect misses his family: Lawyer
By QMI Agency
Last Updated: August 27, 2010 12:39pm
LONDON, Ont. – Khurram Sher, 28, facing terror charges and who made his first court appearance Friday, is missing his family and hopes to be able to see them soon, his lawyer says.
Sher made his appearance in an Ottawa courtroom by video Friday.
“He’s doing as well as can be but he’s missing his family,” said his
Mississauga-based lawyer, Anser Farooq, who has previously defended two other terrorist suspects, who were rounded up as part of the so-called Toronto 18, arrested in 2006.
Farooq said he spoke to his client for about 15 minutes before another court appearance date was set for Wednesday, Sept. 1.
“He’s concerned about his family and that they’re comfortable. He wants them to be strong while they are separated and he hopes they can be back together soon,” Farooq said.
“My first concern is to see if his mother and other family members can have access to him (in the detention centre).”
In St. Thomas, Ont., where Sher had recently been hired at the St. Thomas-Elgin general hospital as a pathologist, officials were working out a plan to make sure patients weren’t affected by the loss of one of its doctors.
“There are only two pathologists here, so we’re down one,” said hospital president and CEO Paul Collins.
Sher’s access to the hospital and patient records have been suspended while the hospital waits for word from police or other officials about the investigation.
“Pending contact from officials, we have to follow the appropriate legal and human resources protocols,” Collins said.
Although the staff at the hospital, where Sher started working at the beginning of the month, didn’t know the pathologist very well, they are still “reeling” from the allegations.
“The closeness of these allegations … People are still trying to cope,” Collins said. “We’re just waiting for direction from authorities.”