Case to go ahead for NB potato farmer

Henk Tepper is trying to move on after being detained in Lebanon two years ago. Steve Fiander/Global News

OTTAWA – A federal court judge has ruled that Henk Tepper’s lawsuit against the Government of Canada can proceed.

The New Brunswick potato farmer spent 373 days behind bars in a Beirut jail three years ago. It’s alleged that Tepper arranged for the sale of potatoes to Algeria that the Algerian government deemed unfit for human consumption.

Tepper was eventually released and last year, he launched a $16.5-million suit against the federal government, arguing it didn’t protect his Charter rights.

According to Tepper’s lawyer, the Government of Canada had made a motion to have Tepper’s case dismissed, on the basis his lawsuit had no “reasonable prospect of success.”

On Thursday, the judge dismissed that motion, with costs.

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