Friday, April 18, 2008

"I Want Millions, Seriously"

'I Can Put It Toward My Husband's Next
Training Camp' *
*

Former Nova Scotian Cheryfa
MacAulay Jamal, wife of terror
suspect Qayyum Abdul Jamal,
arrives at a Brampton, Ont.,
courthouse on June 6, 2006.
Ontario prosecutors stayed
charges against her husband and
three others this week.
(NATHAN DENETTE / CP)

That's right, Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal (formerly Sherry MacAulay) wants to sue Ottawa (for millions, apparently) now that the charges have been stayed against her husband who was jailed for 17 months on allegations of plotting terrorist attacks in Canada.
"I want millions, seriously," Ms. Jamal said Wednesday in a telephone interview from her Mississauga, Ont., home.

"I know it sounds greedy, but I don’t care. I want millions for what the kids have suffered and how much we’ve aged in this process."
Perhaps the poor dear is a little confused. While it's true that Herman Kaglik, Donald Marshall and Guy Paul Morin were all awarded in excess of $1 million as compensation in wrongful conviction settlements, those men were actually wrongfully convicted and spent from four to ten years in jail for crimes they didn't commit. And, by the by, Norman Fox only recieved a paltry $275,000 after spending 10 years in jail. Maybe your man is more in line with Richard Norris and Wilfred Truscott ($507,000 and $36,000, respectively).

Or maybe not. Norris and Trescott were actually convicted of crimes they didn't commit. Your man wasn't. Neither were they implicated in a terror plot in a post 9/11 world. Trust me, Cheryfa, when I say that many Canadians would be much more sympathetic to the ordeal that you and your family experienced if the first words out of your mouth weren't "I Want Millions, Seriously".

Seriously.

And as to your comments about not really missing Halifax, as it "would be very difficult" for you, "dressed how [you are] to go about [your] day" here", let me tell you this; although there aren't a lot of women wearing full veils here, it's highly unlikely that you would be harassed or otherwise disturbed as you went about your daily business. In case you hadn' t heard, Maritimers tend to be friendly folks.

But wait, you know that, seeing as how you use to be one, right? Come to think of it, maybe you are better off where you are.

And best of luck with that lawsuit, eh?

**... as per the Bruce MacKinnon cartoon in today's edition of the Chronicle Herald

Cross posted on The Flight Deck

4 comments:

Balancing Act said...

Hey Michelle - haven't been blogging or reading in quite some time so trying to catch up. Work is definitely interferring with my personal and blog life.

MMC said...

Good to see you back again, Sara.
Work ... don't you hate it when that happens?! Well I hope to see you blogging again soon.

Priorities, woman, priorities. ;-)

PeterGunn said...

Hi Michelle,

If you're passing out "$Million$" up there in Canada, please let me know. Nova Scotia isn't that much different than Seattle and it sounds as if you're talking in my price range.

MMC said...

I wouldn't mind getting me some of that myself.
Like, seriously.
/sarcasm off