Friday, October 29, 2004

Mohamed Harkat

Terror suspect, and acquaintance of Abu Zabaydah, on trail in Canada:

There still remain two stories about the life of Mohamed Harkat.

One account is written by Canadian security agents, who describe the 36-year-old Algerian refugee as a supporter of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist organization, sent to Canada as a sleeper agent.

The other story, told this week to a federal court by Harkat himself, is of a hard-working refugee drawn to Ottawa by the freedom Canada promised.

A four-day court hearing that wrapped up yesterday, added little to these two versions of Harkat's history. Justice department lawyer James Mathieson spent less than 90 minutes yesterday cross-examining Harkat on the more than five hours of testimony he had given a day earlier.

There was no evidence given publicly by government lawyers to support the vague allegations contained in a 40-page brief written by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service when Harkat was arrested in December, 2002.

"I would have thought they had more things to deal with him on (during the cross-examination) to suggest he wasn't telling the truth," Paul Copeland, one of Harkat's lawyers, said outside the court.

On Wednesday, Harkat admitted he lied to CSIS agents when they interviewed him before his arrest, denying knowing a friend in Ottawa and using a nickname. He testified he was scared and believed agents had the wrong person. But government lawyers yesterday did not challenge his denial of having met Abu Zabaydah, an accused top-ranking Al Qaeda member, or knowing a now-deceased Canadian Al Qaeda member any more familiarly than having once shared a car ride with him.

Two federal ministers signed a national security certificate seeking Harkat's deportation, on the grounds he poses a risk to the country's security. If Justice Eleanor Dawson upholds that certificate as reasonable then he could be deported to Algeria, where Harkat says he will be tortured or killed.

11 Comments:

At January 24, 2005 at 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mohamed is not a friend of terrorists. You should remedy this error on your blog. Mohamed is the victim of the Secret Trial Security Certificate. He is a real person rotting in a Canadian jail. Why not give him a fair trial? Because they have nothing on him! The whole process makes a mockery of the Canadian Justice System. We can now see how rigged it really is. The problem with this is that real people are effected, his wife and friends go deeper into debt each day trying to mount some sort of campaign in the courts.

 
At March 31, 2005 at 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no trial is fair, and trial is true. Truth and fairness are in the eyes of the beholder and since we are all human we have biased opinions and we judge. He is a friend of terrorists, socializes with terrorists and has ties with the al-Qaeda. He deserves what was brought upon him due to his endless carelessness and his choice to associate himself with people that will jepordize his freedom.

 
At September 13, 2005 at 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jail or deport this liar.

 
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At January 18, 2008 at 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send him on a plane back. Why waste any more of my Taxes on some illegal immigrant.

 
At February 1, 2008 at 1:16 AM, Anonymous khalid in Ottawa said...

knowing a now-deceased Canadian Al Qaeda member any more familiarly than having once shared a car ride with him.
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How about if he was going to the same mosque when there is only one mosque in the city and participating in the same cultural and religious events held by the Muslim community and weddings.

I am one of Mohamed Harakat's friends, I spent a lot of time with him, He's subdued and peaceful and loves to talk to people.

 
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