by Doug Hempstead, with files from Brigitte Pellerin
Source: The Ottawa Sun
Date: November 22, 2012
Elated that her husband will get a chance to argue his case before the Supreme Court, Sophie Harkat celebrated by baking cookies for her lawyers.
The Supreme Court announced Thursday morning the successful appeal of Mohamed Harkat, an Algerian citizen suspected of having ties to terrorism who is challenging Canada’s system of security certificates.
The couple got the news when Sophie saw it posted to the Supreme Court website.
“I heard her screaming upstairs,” said Harkat. “But sometimes, she is screaming both sides — good news or bad.”
Harkat, 44, arrived in Canada in 1995 and was granted refugee status in 1998.
He was arrested outside his Ottawa home on Dec. 10, 2002 — accused of operating a safe house for Islamic extremists in Pakistan while he was still 19 and having associations with terrorist groups.
He was jailed for three and a half years — including one year in solitary confinement.
He was released on bail June 21, 2006. The government issued a security certificate against him and served with a notice of deportation in 2011.
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