TEHRAN, July 13 (MNA) -- Carl Malaskiewicz-Blaise, a U.S. citizen who is seeking political asylum in Canada, is being forced to take antipsychotic medication in an immigration detention center just outside Montreal, in Laval, Quebec.

Against his wishes, he is currently being forced to take the atypical antipsychotic medication quetiapine (Seroquel), despite the fact that a psychologist’s report stated that it appears that Mr. Malaskiewicz-Blaise has been “misdiagnosed as psychotic” or is “in complete remission.”

 

“I have been forced to take medication -– Seroquel -– for an illness I don’t have,” Mr. Malaskiewicz-Blaise told the Tehran Times on July 9.

 

Malaskiewicz-Blaise has been held in the Laval Centre for the Prevention of Immigration since May 2007.

 

He was incarcerated after he fled to Canada and sought political asylum, claiming that he faces persecution in the United States for his political and religious beliefs. 

 

Mr. Malaskiewicz-Blaise attracted the attention of the U.S. Secret Service when he drew cartoons and made satirical remarks about George W. Bush and his family. Based on these cartoons and satirical remarks, he was then charged with threatening the president of the United States. The U.S. federal government also ordered a mental health examination by a politically-connected Secret Service employee.

 

He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and ordered to take the antipsychotic medications Haldol and Seroquel.

 

The government coerced Malaskiewicz-Blaise into pleading guilty with empty promises. After he pleaded guilty, the government cooked up a pre-sentence report full of contradictions and lies. This report was in turn used to justify greatly increasing his prison sentence.

 

After serving his time in prison as well as probation, Malaskiewicz-Blaise traveled to Canada to claim political asylum. The Canadian government has detained Mr. Malaskiewicz-Blaise for over a year and is treating him as a terrorist based on his political and religious views and the exaggerated claims of the U.S. government.

 

Psychologist David L. B. Woodbury of the West Montreal Counselling Centre has held face-to-face sessions and spoken on the phone with Mr. Malaskiewicz-Blaise.

 

On June 6, 2008, Mr. Woodbury wrote a report in which he stated, “In sum, in both face-to-face and telephonic interviews, his non-verbal communication and the content of his speech were entirely consistent with the hypothesis that he has been misdiagnosed as psychotic, or that he is in complete remission and has faced considerable injustices in his homeland.” 

 

Elsewhere in the report, Mr. Woodbury wrote, “There were no signs of psychosis or delusional thinking.”

 

Carl Malaskiewicz-Blaise spoke to the Tehran Times on July 9 from the phone room of the Laval Centre for the Prevention of Immigration.

 

Following are excerpts of the telephonic interview:

 

“My lawyer does not believe that I suffer from a mental illness. However, I have been forced to take medication -– Seroquel -– for an illness I don’t have. I have been wrongly diagnosed by U.S. and Canadian government psychiatrists between 2000 and 2008. They said my political views were delusions when they were simply opinions. I believe I was tricked into signing a plea agreement in September 2001 and the U.S. government used false information, fraud, and deception to railroad me into prison for about five years.”

 

“I was released from the U.S. prison in April 2005.”

 

“I fled to Canada in 2007 and I sought asylum there, but the Canadian government placed me in an immigration detention center near Montreal where I have been detained since May 2007.”

 

“I was jailed in the U.S. for about five years because a Secret Service psychiatrist had labeled me delusional. I was first sent to a federal medical detention center for the criminally insane, but I was released from that institution because I was deemed to be not criminally insane, and then I was sent to the Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia.”

 

“9/11 happened and I was tricked into signing a plea agreement under the threat of receiving a sentence of 20 years in prison if I didn’t.”

 

“The mainstream media in the U.S. and Canada have been biased and they won’t touch my story, except for a few small AM radio talk shows and the Washington, D.C.-based weekly newspaper the American Free Press.”

 

More information on Mr. Malaskiewicz-Blaise’s case is available at the web site www.freecarl.com.

 

PA/HG

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MNA

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