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Letter from W.R. Jackett, to Ruggero Bacci, July 5, 1940
Letter from W.R. Jackett, to Ruggero Bacci, July 5, 1940, explaining the three charges resulting in Bacci's detention.
The letter was written in response to Bacci's objection to his internment. Under the DOCR (Defence of Canada Regulations), after 30 days, internees could formally object to their detention to an advisory committee appointed by the Minister of Justice. The Minister of Justice then appointed a judge to review the internee’s case. This meant an examination of the RCMP’s evidence against the internee, meetings with the internee, and interviews with witnesses who could attest to the internee’s character. After this, the judge either recommended an internee’s release or continued internment to the Minister of Justice.
The charges centre around Bacci's membership and work with the Fascio Principe Umberto in Toronto. However, such groups were not illegal in Canada until June 1940; Bacci was interned on June 10.
July 05, 1940
13 x 8 inches
(Typewritten, black ink, body text):
I have been directed by the Committee / appointed by the Minister of Justice to deal with / your objection to your detention to advise you that / your detention has been deemed necessary in the / interest of the state because representations have / been made that you:- / (a) are a member of the Fascist Party, / of the Dopolavoro and the G.I.L.E.; / (b) are a fascist organizer and agitator; / (c) donated gold to Italy; / and in the view of the above, you appear to be disloyal / to Canada. / Unless you make some representation / with regard to the date of hearing, you will be / heard by the Committee at Petawawa on or after the / 15th day of July, and I would suggest that you be / ready to present your case by that day.
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