Canada to protest to US about man sent to Syria

October 7, 2006 03:37


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Canada's prime minister said he will send a formal letter of complaint to President George W. Bush over the treatment of a Canadian terror suspect who was sent to a Syrian prison by American authorities. Prime Minister Stephen Harper notified Bush of that decision during a telephone call Friday. The suspect, Syrian-born Maher Arar, was exonerated of all suspicion of terrorist activity last month by a Canadian commission of inquiry. The inquiry indicated that Canadian police told US authorities that Arar was an Islamic extremist suspected of links to al-Qaida. The accusations proved to be wrong and are likely what led the Americans to deport him to Syria. Rights groups charge that Arar is a classic case of extraordinary rendition, the US transfer of foreign terror suspects to third countries without court approval.

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