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16 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I August 2009
Canada spy agency
ignoresdetainee’s rights
Canada’s spy agency ignored human the detention of Khadr, now 22 years
rights concerns while questioning old, who is accused of killing a U.S.
teenage Canadian terrorism suspect soldier in Afghanistan in 2002.
Omar Khadr at the U.S. military Khadr, who was just 15 at the
prison in Guantanamo, Cuba in 2003, time of his arrest, is the last Western
a government-commissioned report detainee at the U.S.-run prison camp
published found. at Guantanamo.
“At the time that CSIS interviewed Mr At the time that CSIS interviewed Mr
Khadr in 2003, there were widespread Khadr in 2003, there were widespread
allegations of mistreatment and abuse allegations of mistreatment and
of detainees in US custody “ abuse of detainees in U.S. custody
SIRC reportThe Security in Afghanistan and Guantanamo
Intelligence Review Committee Bay, (yet the) SIRC did not find
(SIRC) found that the spy agency, any evidence that CSIS took this
the Canadian Security Intelligence information into account in deciding to
Service (CSIS), also failed to give interview Mr Khadr,” the report said.
full consideration to possible U.S. It noted that the spy service
mistreatment of the detainee, Omar had been tasked with collecting
and had been “entitled to certain
Khadr. “intelligence on a potentially serious
“SIRC believes that CSIS failed to terrorist threat and to provide advice
fundamental rights.”
take into account that, while in U.S. to the government of Canada
Although Canadian intelligence
custody, Khadr had been denied accordingly.”
had “reasonable grounds” to travel
certain basic rights which would have However, it also is charged to
to Guantanamo to interview Khadr,”
been afforded to him as a youth,” the act within the bounds of Canadian
SIRC found no evidence that CSIS
report said. and international law, the report
took Khadr’s age into consideration”
The report examined the role admonished, noting that as a minor,
before conducting the interrogation,”
played by Canadian intelligence in Khadr enjoyed a special status
the report concluded.
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