Canada Starts Public Inquiry Over Arar?s Deportation

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Thursday, April 1, 2004
Bruce Zagaris
On January 28, 2004, the Canadian Government announced a full public inquiry into the deportation to Syria and alleged torture of Maher Arar, an engineer based in Ottawa. Born in Syria, Mr. Arar was residing in Canada and was a Canadian national when the U.S. detained him in September 2002 at New York?s JFK International Airport en route to Canada from Tunisia. U.S. officials deported him via Jordan to Syria, where Mr. Arar claims he was forced under torture to confess to links with the al-Qaeda terrorist network. Subsequently, he repudiated his confession. During the third week of January, Mr. Arar sued senior U.S. officials, charging that they deported him to Syria knowing he would be tortured there...[more]