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Canada Apologizes, Pays Arar For Syrian Ordeal

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada apologized to software engineer Maher Arar and his family on Friday and said it would pay him C$10.5 million ($8.9 million) in compensation after Canadian police falsely labeled him an Islamic extremist, which led to Arar being jailed in Syria.

 

"On behalf of the government of Canada, I wish to apologize to you, Monia Mazigh (Arar's wife), and your family for any role Canadian officials may have played in the terrible ordeal that all of you experienced in 2002 and 2003," Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated.

 

Arar says he was repeatedly tortured during the year he spent in Damascus jails after he was deported to Syria by U.S. officials during a stopover in New York in 2002.

 

The apology and compensation were a part of settlement agreed to by Arar after he launched a suit against the Canadian government. He is also suing the United States.

 

Harper objected to the United States continuing to keep Arar on its security watch list. A Canadian judicial inquiry concluded last year that Arar had never been a security threat and it recommended compensation.

 

In addition to the C$10.5 million, the Canadian government will also pay Arar's legal bills, which a Harper aide estimated at C$1.5 million.

 

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he suffered immensely during the 1 year he was held in captivity...but it looks like hes gonna be compensated with millions of dollars....I think Id go through that for that kind of cash lol

 

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I read somewhere a couple of days ago that the Canadian government asked the Bush regime to take Arar off the No-Fly List, since he turned out not to be a terrorist.

 

The Bush regime's reply was to tell the Canadians to "mind their business!"

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he suffered immensely during the 1 year he was held in captivity...but it looks like hes gonna be compensated with millions of dollars....I think Id go through that for that kind of cash lol

 

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He must have had to spend a lot behind lawyers.

 

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here's pix of arar. it's as if his face is showing off the torment he went through.

 

Maher Arar pauses during a news conference in Ottawa December 12, 2006. Canada will formally apologize to Arar on Friday, who was deported to Syria by U.S. agents after Canadian police mistakenly labeled him an Islamic extremist.

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