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Supreme Court upholds Harkat security certificate

This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the government's right to use national security certificates, and detain non-citizens or foreign nationals without trial. The top court ruled the case against terror suspect Mohamed Harkat is fair and reasonable.


Harkat arrived in Canada in 1995 from Algeria, and the federal government granted him refugee status a couple of years later. Police arrested him 12 years ago, accusing him of being a sleeper agent for al-Qaeda. The former pizza delivery man was detained without trial, spent almost four years in custody and another seven years under house arrest. Up until last summer, his bail conditions included wearing an electronic monitoring device around his ankle.


For more on today's ruling, we were joined by Mohamed Harkat's lawyer, Norman Boxall.


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