The Prime Minister says he raised the detention of three Canadians overseas in talks with the Turkish and Indonesian leaders while at the G-20 summit in China.
Two Canadian men, including Davud Hanci of Calgary, were taken into custody in Turkey following the failed coup attempt in that country in July. Former Calgary teacher Neil Bantleman, meanwhile, remains in an Indonesian prison after being convicted, acquitted, then re-convicted for crimes against children in an ordeal that began 2 years ago.
Guy Bantleman tells Global News his brothers hopes Justin Trudeau’s involvement is a hopeful sign. “He’s frustrated at this point. He’s obviously resolute in his complete innocence, not just Neil, but his co-accused.”
Trudeau says he is “constantly talking about how important it is to respect the rule of law and to defend Canadians’ rights abroad.”
Bantleman says countries like Canada can only keep up the pressure when such things happen. “The challenge any Canadian faces is that once you leave Canada, you are subject to the processes, the rule of law, of another nation. There’s no country in the world that can step in and demand their citizen back or have charges dropped. That’s just not the way it works.”
Trudeau wouldn’t say what the other leaders said about the fates of the three Canadians.