Terror ties out of the question

posted on November 04, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Andrew Seymour Source: The Ottawa Sun online URL: N/A Date: October 29, 2004 Feds avoid quizzing Harkat on al-Qaida

Government lawyers took little more than an hour to cross-examine alleged terrorist Mohamed Harkat yesterday, avoiding any direct allegations of terrorist activity and focusing their questions on where Harkat got his money to travel and a pair of lies he told CSIS agents. Although government lawyer James Matheson asked about Harkat's five years in an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan, he did not ask any questions about Abu Zubaydah, a top al-Qaida lieutenant who CSIS alleges identified Harkat as the proprietor of a Pakistani guest house for mujahedeen fighters following his capture in March 2002.

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Terror suspect's trial hears of funds to buy passport

posted on November 03, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Canadian Press (CP)
Source: The Globe and Mail online
URL: [link]
Date: October 29, 2004


Ottawa - Mohamed Harkat, an Ottawa man accused of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent, was grilled yesterday about where he got $1,200 (U.S.) to buy the fake passport he used to enter Canada.

Crown counsel James Mathieson questioned whether Mr. Harkat could have saved a total of $18,000 (U.S.) working at a charitable organization in Pakistan in the early 1990s.

The government is trying to deport the 36-year-old man, a refugee from Algeria, under a national security certificate because the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says he is an Islamic extremist and collaborator with Osama bin Laden's terrorist network.

Proceedings adjourned yesterday until Dec. 6.


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Terror suspect says he lost 18,000 dollars at casino

posted on November 03, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Andrew Duffy Source: The Ottawa Citizen URL: N/A Date: October 29, 2004 Harkat tells hearing about money borrowed from Pakistani friend

Accused terrorist Mohamed Harkat says his gambling addiction was so serious that he once lost 18,000 dollars at the Casino du Lac-Leamy and had himself banned from the facility. His admission came yesterday as government lawyer James Mathieson questioned him about the circumstances surrounding an 18,000 dollar loan he received from a friend in Peshawar, Pakistan, identified only as Mokhtar.

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Ottawa terror suspect quizzed on fake passport

posted on November 02, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Canadian Press (CP)
Source CTV News online - CTV.CA
URL: [link]
Date: October 28, 2004


OTTAWA - Mohamed Harkat, an Ottawa man accused of being an al-Qaida sleeper agent, was grilled Thursday about where he got $1,200 US to buy the fake passport he used to enter Canada.

Crown counsel James Mathieson questioned whether Harkat could have saved up a total of $18,000 US working at a charitable organization in Pakistan in the early 1990s.

"That's pretty good money for that part of the world, isn't it?'' Mathieson asked Harkat during the Federal Court of Canada hearing.

The government is trying to deport the 36-year-old Harkat, a refugee from Algeria, under a national security certificate based on information collected by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

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La crédibilité du SCRS mise en doute

posted on November 02, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: N/A
Source: RCI
URL: [link]
Date: 26 octobre 2004

Les avocats de Mohamed Harkat, un résident d'Ottawa soupçonné d'appartenir à une organisation terroriste, ont émis des doutes lundi sur la crédibilité et la compétence des agents du Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité.

Au premier jour du procès de Harkat, Me Paul Copeland a soutenu devant la juge fédérale Eleanor Dawson que les agents du SCRS sont parfois mal informés ou ne comprennent pas les communautés ethniques où ils effectuent des cueillettes de renseignements.

L'avocat a déposé trois rapports du Comité de surveillance des activités de renseignement de sécurité, un organisme gouvernemental, qui sont critiques envers le SCRC, notamment pour le cas de Maher Arar.

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Defence slams Harkat hearing secrecy

posted on October 30, 2004 | in Category | PermaLink

Original author: CBC News Staff
Source: CBC News Online
URL: [link]
Date: October 29, 2004

OTTAWA - The first week of a special judicial hearing for accused terrorist Mohamed Harkat has ended. Lawyers for the Crown needed only two hours to cross-examine him, Thursday. Their case didn't take long, because much of the trial is being conducted in secret.

Defence lawyer Paul Copeland says both he and his client are in the dark about the real case against Harkat.

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Ottawa man grilled about buying fake passport

posted on October 29, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: CP
Source: The Globe and Mail online
URL: [link]
Date: October 28, 2004


Ottawa - Mohamed Harkat, an Ottawa man accused of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent, was grilled Thursday about where he got $1,200 (U.S.) to buy a fake passport that he used to enter Canada.

Crown counsel James Mathieson questioned whether Mr. Harkat could have saved up a total of $18,000 US working at a charitable organization in Pakistan in the early 1990s.

"That's pretty good money for that part of the world, isn't it?" Mr. Mathieson asked Mr. Harkat during the Federal Court of Canada hearing.

The government is trying to deport the 36-year-old Mr. Harkat, a refugee from Algeria, under a national-security certificate based on information collected by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

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Harkat finally gets his day in court

posted on October 29, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: N/A
Source: CBC.CA
URL: [link]
Date: October 28 2004

OTTAWA - The wife of accused terrorist Mohamed Harkat says she was pleased with the way things went when he got his first-ever chance to tell his story in court, Wednesday.

Sophie Harkat says, "He told me he's innocent. So that's how he portrayed himself. He looked like an innocent man. I believe he still does have an ounce of faith in the system - that he will get out. He does. I don't."

She says she has no faith in the security-certificate system, which allows the Canadian government to jail foreigners without charging them, if it thinks they may be a threat to national security. She says the open nature of Wednesday's hearing was meaningless, because her husband can't defend himself against evidence that the Crown will later be able to present to the judge in secret.

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Harkat: I'm no terrorist, just a victim of chaos

posted on October 28, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Andrew Duffy Source: The Ottawa Citizen online URL: [link] (subscriber only) Date: October 28, 2004 Terror suspect takes stand to deny connection to al-Qaeda

To hear him tell it, Mohamed Harkat has been the innocent victim of turbulent forces the world over: a student whose university ambitions were dashed by a political crackdown in Algeria; an aid worker who lost his job in Pakistan as Afghan refugees returned home; an asylum seeker in Canada falsely accused of being a terrorist. Mr. Harkat took to the witness stand yesterday to defend himself for the first time against government allegations that he's an al-Qaeda terrorist. He flatly denied any connection to the terrorist network.

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Harkat admits he lied but denies Al Qaeda link

posted on October 28, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Michelle Shephard Source: The Toronto Star online URL: [link] (subscribers only) Date: October 28, 2004 CSIS notes contradicted by his testimony Ottawa resident is facing deportation

OTTAWA - An Algerian refugee claimant admits he lied to Canadian security officials but denies any connections to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network. Mohamed Harkat, who is facing deportation, yesterday told a federal court about his life in Algeria where he fled political persecution in 1990, his work in Pakistan for a relief organization, and finally his arrival in Canada in 1995. The 36-year-old Ottawa resident was arrested Dec. 10, 2002, after two federal ministers signed a national security certificate based on information gathered by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service that alleges he is connected to prominent terrorist figures and is a threat to Canada's security. Lawyer Matthew Webber began and ended his questioning by asking Harkat if he had ever aided Islamic extremists, travelled to Afghanistan, knew bin Laden or associated with Abu Zabaydah, who is believed to be a high-ranking Al Qaeda agent now in U.S. custody. Harkat responded, "No, sir" to each question.

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