Secrets that haunt our courts

posted on November 16, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Original author: Stuart Trew Source: Ottawa XPress URL: [link] Date: November 11th, 2004 Adil Charkaoui and the security certificate The scary logic of security certificates: If the government says you're guilty, you must be guilty. Friends of Adil Charkaoui try again to show how un-Canadian those security certificates are

Downtown workers will have to get used to a few new spooks outside the federal court building at 90 Sparks Street. We're not talking the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) spies either, although they're involved. Members of the Coalition for Justice for Adil Charkaoui are in Ottawa from Montreal for the next few weeks, or as long as it takes the Federal Court of Canada to decide whether Canada's security certificate process is constitutional. Mary Foster from the coalition, who along with the other members was covered by a white ghost-like sheet, told XPress she would be "haunting the court," until it issued a verdict. Charkaoui, a Montreal resident, has been in jail for 17 months after being arrested on suspicion of terrorism. He has been charged with no crime...

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CSIS has easy time getting warrants, documents reveal

posted on November 15, 2004 | in Category CSIS | PermaLink

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A report by Colin Freeze of The Globe and Mail HERE

Not So Fundamental Rights: CKUT Radio Documentary

posted on November 15, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

More News: CKUT Montreal, McGill University

For those of you who missed this excellent two-part documentary on security certificates and secret trials you can download both parts here, in MP3 format: PART I and PART II

They are excellent teaching tools. 'Really great interviews with Sophie, Mary Foster, Diana Ralph, Matthew Behrens, Mahmoud Jaballah's son Ahmed, Roch Tasse and others.

Group protests use of security certificates

posted on November 10, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Original author: CBC News Staff
Source: CBC.CA
Date: November 8, 2004

OTTAWA - Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside a Federal Court building in downtown Ottawa Monday to protest against Canada's security-certificate process.

That's the law the federal government can use to detain non-citizens on suspicion of terrorist ties, and deport them without revealing the evidence against them.

Lawyers for a Moroccan man, Adil Charkaoui, challenged the process, Monday, in Federal Court. Charkaoui has been held in jail under a security certificate since May 2003

Supporters of that challenge include Monia Mazigh, the wife of Maher Arar, the Syrian-born Canadian who was held in a Syrian jail for a year because of alleged ties to Al-Queda.

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Security certificates 'against justice', appeal court told

posted on November 10, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Original author: Elizabeth Thompson Source: The Montreal Gazette URL: N/A Date: November 9, 2004
Lawyer argues for terror suspect's release; government counters law isn't unconsititutional

Maher Arar's wife, Monia Mazigh and Adil Charkaoui's sister, Hind, were among protesters who say security certificates are unfair. The security certificate system used to detain suspected terrorists isn't perfect, but it shouldn't be declared unconstitutional, lawyers for the federal government argued yesterday. Presenting his arguments before the Federal Court of Appeal in the case of Montrealer Adil Charkaoui, Daniel Latulippe said a good judge, willing to play an active role, can go a long way to ensuring that someone detained under a security certificate gets a fair hearing.

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Protest condemns detentions under federal security certificates

posted on November 08, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Original author: Canadian Press (CP)
Source: The Montreal Gazette online
URL: [link]
Date: November 08, 2004

OTTAWA -- About two dozen people demonstrated outside a federal office building Monday, protesting the use of security certificates which have been used to jail suspected terrorists without trial or charges.

Then demonstrators braved a bitter November wind on the street outside a courtroom where the Federal Court of Appeal was hearing a constitutional challenge against the certificates.

A three-judge panel heard an application brought on behalf of Adil Charkaoui, a Montreal man accused of being an al-Qaida sleeper agent. He has been held in jail since May 2003 and has lost three bids for bail.

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Terror court hearing: one defendant, no witnesses

posted on November 07, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Michelle Shephard Source: The Toronto Star onlnie URL: [link] (subscribers only) Date: November 6, 2004 Government reveals little of case against terror suspect Lawyers challenging secret process used for detainees

It's often referred to as a quasi-judicial procedure, but even that definition might be generous when describing Mohamed Harkat's day in court last month in Ottawa. There was little that resembled a traditional legal hearing when the Algerian refugee, one of five men currently accused by the federal government of belonging to a terrorist organization, took the stand to profess his innocence. Harkat's defence consisted only of simple denials of the chilling accusations levelled by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. "No sir" or "never, ever" were his answers when asked if he was an Al Qaeda sleeper agent or a supporter of violent Islamic fundamentalism. The government did not call any witnesses to bolster the case it laid out in a 40-page summary at the time of Harkat's arrest.

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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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