No need to apologize, Lady.
The new thread's simply beautiful & right on time.
On behalf of myself, then; a very big, heartfelt thank you!
...& I'd guess if Ted Maher only could, he'd echo that thank you, too.
"But this thing with Monaco and their scapegoating of Ted should really be addressed by our Administration. A 'behind-the-scenes' approach is fine. Just do something!"
That particular point has really irked me, too.
What with all the *worldly* things, events, & problems this administration's up to its naval with?
Wouldn't it seem a piece of cake for Dubya's administration to simply tell these Monacoite geeks to either declare their intentions, immediately; or, hand Ted Maher over to US authorities -- now.
All we've heard from this crowd is the thunder of nothing. Nada. Nyet.
The whole thing makes absolutely no sense, a'tall.
The enclosed self-explanatory reply from the US Department of State was recently recieved in response to the inquiry my office made on your behalf.
Please know of my continued interest in your husband's case. Upon receipt of the post's report or any further information, we will be back in touch with you.
Please let us know if you have any additional information or if there have been any changes in your case. My staff contact on this case is Phyllis Coleman.
Member of Congress
United States Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Ms. Kelly:
This is in reponse to your letter of November 13, regarding your constituent, Theodore Maher, who is incarcerated in Monaco.
As you know, the Department of State and the Consulate General in Marseille have worked closely with Mr. Maher, his family, and the Monegasque authorities to ensure that his rights and interests are duly protected under international law and in accordance with the customary practices in such cases. Our consular officer in Marseille has continued to monitor Mr. Maher's case closely, and consular staff members have continued to hold frequent visits with him at the Monaco Jail to monitor his condition and discuss his concerns. Our consular officer's most recent visit with Mr. Maher was on December 19. We will provide you with a readout on the visit once we receive post's report, expected shortly. We expect it will include details on Mr Maher's release from solitary confinement, and on the status of visits by members of the clergy. We will try to provide this information to you through your office's e-mail address to expedite your receipt of this information.
We sympathize with Mrs. Maher's concerns about her husband's situation. As your letter notes, there are many differences between the legal systems of the United States and Monaco. Pretrial detention may be lengthy, as the investigating magistrate may extend the detention period for two-month periods indefinately. The pretrial investigation can also be of considerable length. Closure of the investigation can be dependant on the resolution of appeals on both criminal and civil cases, since civil and criminal cases may be folded together into the same deliberation under Monegasque law. The most recent delays in setting a trail date in Mr. Maher's case appear to be caused by appeals from other parties in the civil side of the case. Once a trial begins, a three-judge panel will consider the evidence collected by the investigating magistrate, and hear the arguments presented by prosecuting and defense attorneys.
Members of our Consular Affairs staff met with the Monaco Consul General in Washington on November 29, and requested that the Consul General relay our concerns over delays to the Monagasque Ministry of Foreign Affairs in setting a trial date for Mr. Maher's case. The Department will continue to work with Mr. Maher's attorneys and Monagasque authorities to ensure that he receives due process under local law.
I hope this information is of assistance to you. Please feel free to contact Brrian Lieke of the Office of American Citizens Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs on this matter at (202) 647-6178.
Paul V. Kelly
November 13, 2001
The Honorable Colin Powell
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20520
Dear Secretary Powell:
This is in further reference to my previous correspondence and subsequent staff communications regarding the ongoing situation of my constituent, Mr. Theodore "Ted" Maher, a private duty nurse and Army veteran who has been imprisoned in Monaco without trial, for nearly two years. The government of Monaco has charged him with the crime of arson, which allegedly resulted in the wrongful deaths of two people.
Ted's wife, Heidi, has been vigilant in gathering as much information as possible about her husband's case and the events involving his arrest. My office has received numerous letters, phone calls and e-mails questioning the role of our government and requesting further investigation and action in this situation. All of the circumstances surrounding his arrest and imprisonment by Monaco officials warrants a closer review by our government as there is an indication of possible multilateral treaty and human rights violations.
Article 10 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him." I am aware that there are many differences between the legal systems of our country and Monaco, and that the judge assigned to the case has broad discretionary powers to thoroughly investigate before going to trial. In this case, Judge Richet has postponed the trial more than once for reasons that are unclear.
It has now been more than 700 days since Ted was imprisoned and there is still no trial date. Certainly, you can imagine the level of frustration that his wife and three small children must be suffering with yet another holiday approaching. He still continues in isolation 23 hours per day without any English contacts and most recently, has been denied visits from all priests. This is a denial of his religious rights. Mail from his family and magazine subscriptions are arbitrarily withheld. He is allowed a single call per week to his wife but any discussion of his "case" will disconnect the call.
My office had been receiving periodic updates and copies of reports of the Consular Officer in Marseille's regular monthly visits with Ted, however, we have received no information for several months now. Heidi has been requesting to know exactly what is being done within our own U.S. government, other than the monthly Consular visits, to help secure her husband's release.
On behalf of The Maher Family, I urge your assistance in questioning the Government of Monaco as to the progress of the investigation and the cause of such unreasonable delays in affording my constituent the justice he so rightly deserves. Such interest expressed by our Government could put Monaco authorities on "alert" and send the impression that, in spite of ongoing world events, we are still following this case closely with anticipation of a fair and swift outcome of the trial.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of this matter. I look forward to hearing from you. My e-mail address is: DearSue@mail.house.gov and my facsimile number is 202-225-3289.
Member of Congress
Monaco. How anyone could vacation in that hell-hole of a country, I'll never know. Every time the "vacation" word comes up in my conversations with people, I tell them about this to make sure they'll boycott the place. Please do the same.