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.