Lawyers hope to get Galloway ban lifted today
Updated Sun. Mar. 29 2009 12:45 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
Lawyers representing George Galloway will appear in federal court on Sunday in an attempt to overturn a government decision that bars the controversial British MP from entering Canada.
Galloway's lawyers are seeking an injunction that will allow him to follow through with four Canadian speaking engagements, planned for this week.
The legal team was expected to make its arguments in Toronto during a scheduled 11 a.m. court appearance.
The federal government accuses Galloway, an outspoken anti-war advocate, of supporting groups that it says engage in terrorist acts.
It appears the government's allegation stems from the fact Galloway made a $45,000 donation to the Hamas government in Gaza, and helped deliver humanitarian goods after Israel's military offensive in the region.
Last week, Galloway told CTV's Question Period that ambulances and medical supplies must be delivered through Hamas because they are the democratically elected government in the Gaza Strip.
The Canadian government includes Hamas on its list of banned terrorist groups.
James Clark, the organizer of Galloway's speaking tour, said that if Galloway is not allowed into the country, he will speak via an electronic link.
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