On 26 September 2002 Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen who had once worked for a software company in Natick, Massachusetts, arrived at JFK airport in New York, planning to change planes to Montreal. He was detained by US authorities, questioned and jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Brooklyn, and deported on 10 October 2002 to Syria.

The On 11 November 2002 The New York Times cited Reynald Doiron, a Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade official, to the effect that US authorities had yet to explain on what basis Mr. Arar was sent back to Syria and not to Canada. After his release from Syria, Arar stated that he had been tortured while interrogated in Syrian jails.

The New York Times reported further on the Arar case:

“A Canadian senator, Pierre De Bané testified at a federal inquiry that before United States officials deported Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian, to Syria in 2002, they offered to return him to Canada on the condition that he be arrested, charged and jailed on arrival. The inquiry is investigating what role Canadian officials may have played in Mr. Arar’s deportation to Syria, where, he says, he was jailed and tortured for 10 months. Mr. De Bané, who said he was told of the American offer by an official in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said it was turned down because there were no grounds to arrest Mr. Arar. ”[Note 1]


[Note 1] Colin Campbell, “Canada: Inquiry Told of U.S. Offer on Detainee,” The New York Times, 2 June 2005.

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