Friday, January 26, 2007

Are we going to be seeing more settlements with rendition detainees?

Here's another topic I'd somehow missed. A Canadian who was wrongfully apprehended by American authorities and shipped off to Syria, where he was then tortured, has won a law suit against the Candadian government.

From Ian Austen and the New York Times
Maher Arar, the Canadian software engineer who was detained by American officials in 2002 and deported to Syria, where he was kept captive for nearly a year and regularly tortured, will receive more than 10.5 million Canadian dollars ($8.9 million) in compensation from the Canadian government, under a settlement announced today.

The settlement, which also includes an unspecified additional amount to cover Mr. Arar’s legal costs, ends a lawsuit brought by Mr. Arar and follows a recommendation from a judicial inquiry into his case. That inquiry found that the expulsion to Syria was apparently caused by false assertions made by Canadian police to United States officials, saying that Mr. Arar was linked to Al Qaeda.
Well, I'm just thankful that we've never apprehended anyone innocent or sent anyone to a country where they've been tortured and that we are totally above board. Yup, good to know.

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