Lecture Notes 01 - Canadian'role in Syria torture A...

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Canadian 'role in Syria torture' A Canadian inquiry has concluded that officials there contributed indirectly to the torture of three  Canadian citizens in Syria. The men were arrested in Syria on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities, but were released in 2004. Returning to Canada, they said they were tortured and that Canada supplied Syria with questions to ask  them. However, the judge said the officials concerned seemed to have believed they were acting in Canada's best  interests. Ahmad El Maati, Abdullah Almalki and Muayyed Nureddi, all of Middle Eastern origin, were separately  arrested by Syrian military intelligence between 2001 and 2004. They were accused of having links to radical Islamist groups but have denied any such connection. Judge Frank Iacobucci, who headed the closed-door, government-initiated inquiry in Ottawa, concluded that  the men had, as they claimed, been subjected to abuse which "amounted to torture" in Syria.
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