Letter from Mason, Foulds, Davidson & Kellock, to Rev. Libero Sauro, December 28, 1940 - solo in inglese

Letter from Mason, Foulds, Davidson & Kellock (Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries), to Rev. Libero Sauro, December 28, 1940.

Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.

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.

To assist in this process, some educated and established internees were able to hire lawyers to represent them during their hearings with an appointed judge. Legal counsel was not available to the majority of internees. Many families hired lawyers at great cost. The Tiezzi family received a $2000 bill -- an even more significant amount in the 1940s.

This letter refers to Sauro's hearing before Justice Fortier and the outcome resulting in his release.

This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.