Thursday, September 04, 2008
Decision at a higher level
A two-year Canadian commission of inquiry found Maher Arar, a Canadian engineer, innocent of wrongdoing and blamed false allegations by the Mounted Police linking Mr. Arar to terrorism for his detention while he was changing planes. Mr. Arar, who was born in Syria, was returning home to Ottawa from a family vacation in Switzerland when border officials held him at Kennedy Airport in 2002.
Former police commissioner, Giuliano Zaccardelli said "what we did in no way influenced the American decision to send him to Syria.” Nor were his American counterparts to blame: “It’s clear to me that that decision went beyond the law enforcement agencies,” he said, adding, “a decision at a higher level, at a political level of some sort, had to have been taken.”
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