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Taking action against secret trials in Canada

Photo: John Bonnar.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mohammad Mahjoub and his supporters stood outside the CSIS Toronto region office building to mark 12 years of detention without charge.

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Mohamed Harkat barred from attending dinner in his honour

Montreal, 3 February 2011 -- A community dinner in Montreal in support of Mohamed Harkat, who is engaged in an eight-year battle against deportation to torture on the basis of secret accusations, will have to go ahead without its guest of honour. Harkat learned late last week that the Canadian Border Services Agency refused his request to attend the dinner, organized as the closing event of a Montreal conference on national security.

CBSA, which is in charge of enforcing the strict bail conditions imposed on Harkat, stated that he could not attend because of the "the nature of the proposed event, its anticipated participants, as well as its venue." The event, a free vegetarian dinner, will take place at Concordia University.


Mohamed Harkat condemned by a secret system of 'justice'

It was ironic that on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, family, friends, and supporters of secret trial detainee Mohamed Harkat gathered with him and his wife, Sophie, to weep and reflect on three federal court decisions against him. The latest decision upheld the regime of secret hearings and judicially sanctioned rendition to torture; and Harkat's supporter's recommitted to ending what domestic and international critics have labelled a star chamber process.

Due to a system based on secret allegations that neither accused nor lawyers can contest, Harkat has, for eight years, been subject to a "security certificate," a measure by which individuals can be detained, held indefinitely without charge, and ultimately be deported, despite the risk of torture.


CBSA raids Jaballah family home, seizes three children's toys

TORONTO, May 11, 2010 - In yet another blow aimed at the morale of the beleaguered family of secret security certificate trial detainee Mahmoud Jaballah, three carloads of agents from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), assisted by Metro Toronto Police, conducted a raid on the Jaballah family residence on April 14 on the pretext of looking for the two youngest boys' clear plastic toy guns, commonly played with by children across Canada and readily accessible at most Walmarts, Canadian Tires, and dollar stores.

Apparently, agents who conduct 24/7 wiretaps of the family phone learned about the toy guns while listening in on the children's telephone conversations, and immediately sprung into action in the name of Canada's national security.


Secret evidence plays growing role in Canada’s immigration courts

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Gossip and rumour based on secret intelligence sources may be all that is needed to deport a foreign national from Canada on national security grounds, legal experts say. 

Secret evidence has been used "in a whole range of immigration procedures," such as applications for permanent residence or citizenship in Canada, "which do not involve actual hearings but are simply administrative procedures," says Sharryn Aiken, a Queen’s University law professor and immigration and refugee expert.


Appeal of Dr. Hassan Diab’s extradition decision

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 10:00am - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 2:00pm


Osgoode Hall
130 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

What: Appeal of Dr. Hassan Diab’s extradition decision
When: Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5, 2013, starting at 10:00 AM
Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario

TTC: Osgoode Subway Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line

Please come out to show solidarity with Dr. Hassan Diab! Join us in Toronto at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, on November 4 and 5, for a crucial hearing regarding Canada's unjust extradition law. You can attend Court the whole day or come and go whenever you wish.


Supreme Court's secret hearing and Judge Nadon's Charter dismissal

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Just before Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court of Canada held two days of hearings regarding the fate of Mohamed Harkat, detained in prison and under house arrest for over a decade by a secret trial security certificate, the reasons for which he has never been allowed to know and challenge. October 10 was a public hearing that he could attend, while October 11 was one he was not invited to, nor were his lawyers, the media, or the public. In fact, the eight judges of the Supreme Court disappeared to hold a secret hearing somewhere in Canada.

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Mohamed Harkat faces secret Supreme Court hearing October 11

| October 10, 2013

Canada's burning chambers: A secret Supreme Court hearing in October

Supreme Court of Canada. Photo: Mike Alexander/flickr

On October 11, as many Canadians focus on the best place to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey, the Supreme Court of Canada will be in session, but anyone wishing to attend that day's hearing will find the Court building empty, and the nine judges missing. Outside of a small handful of individuals, no one will know where the country's highest court will be sitting or what will be discussed.

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