Mistaken Identity: Maher Arar

In September 2002, Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, who had been living in Canada since 1987 was returning from a holiday in Tunisia via New York’s Kennedy airport. He was detained at JFK airport and and accused of having links with Al Qaeda and was arrested and detained for 13 days.

On 8 October 2002 Maher Arar was served with an expulsion order issued by the Immigration Court and then handed over the CIA. He was then transferred to Jordan on a private Gulfstream jet (which went via Rome, Italy). Maher Arar was then transferred into Syrian custody and held in a Damascus prison under the control of the Syrian security services.

Maher Arar was then tortured for a year, physical and psychological torture.

He was later released without any charge against him. He is now living in free in Canada.
On 5 February 2004 the Canadian Government set up a commission of inquiry , chaired
by Justice O’Connor to investigate the actions of Canadian officials in the Arar cas. In October the same year the O’Connor Commission confirmed that Arar had been tortured in Syria



One Response to “Mistaken Identity: Maher Arar”

  1. Six Degrees of Seperation « Data - Where is it? Says:

    […] With the 7/7 Investigation collecting upto 10% of the phone calls of the UK Muslim population (though it could be a lot less) , surely its easy to find lots of false leads and patterns – all pointing to innocent people? In fact we know this happens the numerous examples of mistaken Identity occurring over and over again. […]

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