Harkat lawyer keeps up chase for key witness

posted on March 19, 2008 | in Category Website-Related | PermaLink

by Andrew Duffy Source: The Ottawa Citizen URL: N/A Date: March 15, 2008 Paul Copeland is determined to hear evidence from an al-Qaeda lieutenant being held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay

The federal government has said it will no longer rely on the evidence of waterboarded al-Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah -- but that does not end his involvement in the case of Ottawa terror suspect Mohamed Harkat. Mr. Harkat's defence lawyer, Paul Copeland, has again petitioned the Canadian and U.S. governments to gain access to Mr. Zubaydah, who's now held in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The Canadian government alleges in its re-issued security certificate that Mr. Harkat "has associated" with Mr. Zubaydah since the early 1990s, but offers no evidence to support that contention. Mr. Copeland wants to know from Mr. Zubaydah himself whether the allegation is true.

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