Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | Categories: Episodes
Aaron Yoon was released from jail yesterday after serving his
18 month sentence. He is expected to arrive in Canada later this
week. (The Canadian Press/HO)
Adrienne Arsenault - CBC News Reporter
"I love them very much and I hope I see them one day. I hope they'll forgive me for all the trouble I've caused them".Aaron Yoon
That was Aaron Yoon's message for his family when he spoke to the CBC's Adrienne Arsenault from a Mauritanian prison in April.
Aaron Yoon speaks with CBC News on the phone from a jail in Mauritania CBC News, The National
Now it looks as if he may be able to tell them in person. Aaron Yoon was convicted in Mauritania of having ties to al-Qaeda. He denies it, says he was tortured while in jail and the resulting confession isn't true. He was released from jail at dawn yesterday after serving 18 months. He is expected to arrive in Canada later this week.
• Amnesty International claims Aaron Yoon was tortured into confession -- CBC Radio, The Current
Adrienne Arsenault has reported extensively on this story. She was in our Toronto studio.
We asked for comment from officials at several Canadian ministries. The Prime Minister's Office sent us a statement saying "Security agencies take appropriate steps to keep Canadians safe."
Panel: Barbara Jackman & Christian Leuprecht
Some in Aaron Yoon's hometown of London, Ontario have been rattled by the city's connection to the Algerian gas plant attack. Now, as Aaron Yoon makes his way home from North Africa, community leaders struggle to understand what this may mean. We aired a clip from Munir El-Kasse, a London Imam.
• Algeria gas plant attack -- CBC News
Canadian law officials will be paying careful attention to those boundaries as well. Government, intelligence and police will face difficult questions now about what to do with a young man accused of ties to al-Qaeda, who had a close friendship with two people involved in one of the most brutal attacks of the year, and just released from an African prison.
For more on that, we were joined by two guests.
Barbara Jackman is a Toronto-based lawyer specializing in immigration and refugee law. She joined us in our studio.
And Christian Leuprecht is a professor of political science at Queen's University and and the Royal Military College of Canada. He was in Kingston, Ontario today.
This segment was produced by The Current's Jessica deMello, Karin Marley and Megan Griffith-Greene.
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