February 15, 2008

Security bill may prove time-waster

14 February 2008, Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star

Hassan Almrei has been in jail in Canada for more than six years although he's never been charged with any crime. Mohamed Harkat, another man never charged with a crime, was finally granted a particularly rigorous form of conditional release after four years in detention. Surveillance cameras installed in and around his home monitor everything he and his Canadian-born wife do; family members who visit must obtain government permission; in the few instances when he is allowed outside, armed agents escort him everywhere – even to the washroom.

Two weeks ago, when the government learned that Harkat's mother-in-law was no longer living at his home, agents swooped in, arrested him in the shower and bundled him off to jail (a judge eventually sent him home).

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