Updating Mohamed Harkat's Persecution - by Stephen Lendman
An earlier article explained. Like in America, Canada is waging war on Islam, Mohamed Harkat one of many victims used for political advantage to incite fear and mask Ottawa's support for US imperialism and war on terror, a bogus one affecting innocent victims like Harkat.
Based on spurious allegations of ties to Al Qaeda and the Armed Sayyaf Group (GIA), he was arrested on December 10, 2002 and imprisoned for the next four and a half years under Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act provision pertaining to the "security certificate" process.
Until Canada's Supreme Court (in October 2007) ruled it unconstitutional in Charkaoui v. Canada, it let authorities detain and/or deport foreign nationals and other non-citizens suspected of human rights violations, alleged threats to national security, or claimed affiliation with organized crime, using secret evidence (like in America) withheld from counsel.
The same month, however, Canada's House of Commons passed Bill C-3 (a so-called anti-terror measure), amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act by introducing a special advocate into the certificate process on the pretext of protecting subjects during secret proceedings.
This and other policies are troubling, including indefinite detentions, whether or not charged, draconian house arrest, and deportations to despotic states, ensuring torture, imprisonment or death, the reason people flee to Canada, believing they'll be safe.
The special advocate provision, is fact, is reprehensible, providing legal cover for an unjust process designed to stigmatize, vilify, convict or deport targets to oblivion - on the pretext of protecting national security.
False! The provision mocks the rule of law, dispensing police state justice against human, civil rights, and anti-war advocates as well as Muslims like Harkat. It denies the presumption of innocence unless proved guilty beyond a shadow of doubt in fair, open hearings with full disclosure of evidence, nothing kept secret for any reason. Claiming national security is bogus. In real democracies, doing so is unconstitutional.
Mohamed Harkat - Targeted for His Faith and Ethnicity
He's one of Canada's Secret Trial Five - five Muslim men, bogusly arrested and persecuted. He wasn't charged, but was imprisoned on secret evidence, denied bail, held mostly in solitary confinement, prevented from contacting family or friends, and under Canadian law can't appeal a judge's ruling by order of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Yet he never before was accused, convicted, or even suspected of a crime. He's an innocent man now. Authorities know it, but persecute him anyway ruthlessly.
On May 23, 2006, he was granted bail, transferred to house arrest under electronic monitoring and round-the-clock supervision, but faces deportation he's struggling to prevent.
Last April 1, the Ottawa Citizen's Mohammed Adam headlined, "Harkat terror case takes a serious hit," saying:
"US report says his reputed al-Qaeda associate (Abu Zubaydah) actually had no ties to the terrorist group." One of Harkat's lawyers, Norm Boxall, called the new information significant, saying it destroyed a key part of the government's case. Nonetheless, his struggle for justice continued, the latest news announced December 10 by CTV Ottawa headlining, "Mohamed Harket badly shaken after judge's ruling," saying:
Federal Court Justice Simon Noel upheld Harkat's security certificate under the new law, "declar(ing) him a security threat to Canada, a ruling his lawyers" vow to appeal.
"I can't sleep. I'm not thinking straight. I have pain in my stomach," Harkat told a news conference.
Since his 2002 arrest, he consistently denied any connection to Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, saying he's been unfairly scapegoated by government security officials. "Somebody has to pay the price. I pay the price" unfairly.