Canada May Protest US Treatment of
Tuesday 19 September 2006
Ottawa - A formal Canadian protest to Washington appeared to be planned on Tuesday as the result of an official inquiry into the U.S. deportation in 2002 of a Canadian citizen to Syria, where he was subsequently tortured.
The government said it agreed with the 23 recommendations by Justice Dennis O'Connor, who headed the inquiry and concluded that Maher Arar was tortured in Syria, the country of his birth, after being arrested in New York on suspicion of involvement with al Qaeda.
"Mr. Arar has been done a tremendous injustice," Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the House of Commons. "The government has received this report that has a series of recommendations... The government will act swiftly based on those recommendations."