[Vision2020] Innocent man sent to Syria and tortured
nielsen at uidaho.edu
Thu Sep 21 08:35:33 PDT 2006
The Government of Canada should register a formal objection with the
governments of the United States and Syria concerning their treatment
of Maher Arar and Canadian officials involved with his case.
The American authorities who handled Arar’s case treated him in a
most regrettable fashion, O'Connor wrote. They removed him to Syria
against his wishes and in the face of his statements that he would be
tortured if sent there. Moreover, they dealt with Canadian officials
involved with Arar’s case in a less than forthcoming manner.
The inquiry concluded American officials were not candid, either with
the RCMP officers with whom they had been working jointly on the
investigation that involved Arar, or with Canadian consular officials
seeking to assist Arar, about their intentions or about the process
that led to his removal.
The act of objecting will be more symbolic than anything else,
O'Connor concedes. Unquestionably, he says, Canada should continue to
co-operate fully with American authorities in the global fight
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I might add that the American authorities could much more easily have
sent Arar back home to Canada than to Syria, which according to
President Bush is an "evil" country. The Americans then lied and said
they had sent him to Switzerland (of all countries!).
I'm sure Dick Sherwin would also admit to being a terrorist if he
were sent to Syria or Guantanamo.
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