Socialist Worker Magazine Interviews Campaign Manager Christian Legeais

posted on October 06, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

The interview focuses on the CBC's attempt to do an in-prison television interview with Mohamed. The CBC has since been granted permission to enter the prison and do the interview. This as a result of letters of protest to Correctional Services spokesperson Bruce O'Neill written by Mohamed's supporters.

HERE is the Socialist Worker story by Ayesha Adhami, September 22, 2004.

Terror suspect (Harkat) attempts novel legal tactic

posted on September 16, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Colin Freeze
Source: The Globe and Mail online
URL: [link]
Date: September 16, 2004

Harkat requests 'friend of court' to dispute secret evidence against him

A terrorism suspect is asking that he be allowed a court-appointed representative who can get behind closed doors and dispute the secret evidence being levied against him.

Mohamed Harkat, an Algerian refugee claimant, is asking for an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, so that he can stave off attempts to deport him.

He is one of five immigrants currently being detained as a potential al-Qaeda sleeper agent. Ottawa is moving to deport them, and Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel, by using a rarely used and highly controversial process.

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Why sanctuary is necessary

posted on August 10, 2004 | in Category Canada's Immigration Policy | PermaLink

Original author: Mitchell Goldberg, freelancer
Source: The Montreal Gazette
URL: [link] (subscription required)
Date: August 10, 2004

Ottawa broke promise on appeals.
Churches step in to correct injustice because refugee system is arbitrary


Judy Sgro, minister of Citizenship and Immigration, was right about one thing in her recent call to churches to stop offering sanctuary: Refugees shouldn't be in sanctuary. She was wrong, however, in her diagnosis of the problem, which lies not with the churches that offer sanctuary, but with the flawed refugee-determination system that fails to protect some refugees.

When refugees' lives are at risk because the government is not protecting them, some people of conscience feel a moral obligation to fill the gap by providing sanctuary.

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Harkat review urged

posted on August 10, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Lisa Lisle
Source: The Ottawa Sun
URL: n/a
Date: August 7, 2004

Harkat review urged

Judge wants new meetings with Feds


A Federal Court judge wants the government to take another look at its top-secret evidence against Mohamed Harkat to determine if it should still be kept under wraps. Justice Eleanor Dawson asked last month to meet with government lawyers "for the purpose of determining if as a result of the effluxion of time any further summary of the information or evidence may be provided to Mr. Harkat."

"Some time has passed since the court examined the information on which the security certificate was based in order to consider whether disclosure of all or part of that information would be injurious to national security or to the safety of any person," she wrote in her order.

A closed hearing was scheduled for yesterday to also consider a request from Harkat's lawyer, Paul Copeland, for additional disclosure, but it was cancelled, giving the government time to consider allowing another lawyer into the hearings.

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An Interview With Mohamed Harkat (July 2004)

posted on August 08, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

More news:

Mohamed Harkat

Lisa Lisle has been following Mohamed's story from Day One. Read her interview with Mohamed Harkat, originally published in the Ottawa Sun and reprint...

HERE

Wife's lonely vigil is her obsession

posted on August 04, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Lisa Lisle
Source: The Ottawa Sun Online
URL: [link]
Date: July 31, 2004


Wife's lonely vigil is her obsession

Passing through the gates at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre for one of her cherished 20-minute visits with her husband, Sophie Harkat thinks about his 36th birthday next week. But instead of making plans for a party or a simple family gathering, Sophie Harkat sees it as yet another special occasion stolen from them by the Canadian government, which has accused her husband of having ties to terrorism.

"I thought my second wedding anniversary was bad," she said of the month following Mohamed's arrest.

"It's sad to say, but you kind of get used to it."

And as time drags on, Sophie is left wondering when they'll be able to celebrate again.

Next Friday, Mohamed's birthday will be like every other twice-weekly visit -- 20 minutes and no gifts from home.

"As soon as it's finished, that's it," she said of the strict visitation rules.

But the one-time government worker's life has changed in so many other ways since her husband's arrest.

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In troubled homeland, 'it's over' for Harkat

posted on August 04, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Derek Puddicombe
Source: TheOttawa Sun Online
URL: [link]
Date: July 31, 2004

Mohamed Harkat says deportation to Algeria would be a death sentence. "If they send me back to Algeria, it's really a dangerous situation," he told the Sun. "In Algeria, it's over."

After making his way to Canada with dreams of a better life, Harkat was arrested in 2002 under a rarely used section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act -- the first step in the deportation process.

Now, the 35-year-old is afraid that he'll be forced to return to Algeria, a country that has a long history of violence. Where, over the years, thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes.

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Ottawa jail in lockdown

posted on July 20, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Nelly Elayoubi
Source: The Ottawa Sun
Date: July 18, 2004


Detention centre inmates confined to cells since Thursday in contraband search

INMATES at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre were being searched one-by-one yesterday during an internal investigation which has had the facility in lockdown since Thursday. The lockdown started at about 6 p.m. after a specific incident with one inmate, said Ministry of Public Safety and Security spokesman Bruce O'Neill.

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Report on the July 4-5 Protest Operation Awareness Security Certificates

posted on July 07, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Thank you to YayaCanada (Corinne) for attending the recent protest on Parliament Hill and reporting about it on her Web site. 'Photos too!

cage protest, operation awareness July 2004

Read her report: [link]

Amnesty Challenges Canada's Secret Trials, Plus Updates

posted on May 31, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

From: TASC Subject: Amnesty Challenges Canada's Secret Trials, Plus
Updates Date: Wed, 26 May 2004

An Update from the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada...

1. Amnesty International Critical of Canada's Secret Trials
2. Mahjoub Back in Court May 31-June 4 in Attempt to Get Bail After 4 years in Jail Without Charge
3. Election Called in the Land of Secret Trials
4. Charkaoui Family and Friends Mark One Year of Illegal Detention


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