Torture of al-Qaida boss taints Harkat ID: Lawyer

posted on October 27, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Andrew Seymour
Source: The Ottawa Sun online
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Date: October 27, 2004

No weight should be given to the identification of an Ottawa man by a top al-Qaida lieutenant since the evidence was likely gained through torture, lawyers for Mohamed Harkat argued yesterday. On the second day of Harkat's security certificate hearing, lawyers Paul Copeland and Matthew Webber argued it was likely Abu Zubaydah was tortured prior to identifying Harkat as the proprietor of a Pakistani guest house for mujahadeen traveling to Chechnya in the mid-1990s.

"Based on everything we've seen, various media reports, the human rights report, our view is that we will be able to establish on a balance of probabilities for the judge that Abu Zubaydah was mistreated and tortured," Copeland said outside of court, adding Zubaydah's information is dubious at best.

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