Canadian Maher Arar Released by Syria
We hope you remember the sad case of Canadian Maher Arar. If not, please go here and refresh your memories.
We're very happy to learn that after a year in custody, Syria has released Arar and sent him back to Canada.
Maher was minding his own business, changing planes at JFK, when U.S. authorities seized him and deported him, not to Canada, where he had lived since 1988, but to Syria, where he had not been since he was a teenager.
The 32-year-old Ottawa engineer was returning, via Zurich, from a family vacation to Tunisia, when he was detained during a stopover at Kennedy airport in New York on Sept. 26, 2002. U.S. officials then deported him to Syria.
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