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Fighting terrorism in Canada with immigration laws

Interview with Adil Charkaoui about life after being issued a security certificate

by CKUT Community News Collective


Adil Charkaoui was arrested in 2003 under a security certificate issued by the Canadian government against him. Judicial review of the grounds on which Charkaoui was issued a certificate and then imprisonned began in 2005. Six and a half years later the certificate was finally quashed after Charkaoui had spent time in jail, under house arrest and close monitering despite lack of evidence against him. 

Since then Charkaoui has challenged sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that permit the issuing and practice of security certificates on the ground that they are in violation of the UN Convention against Torture and his Charter rights.

Charkaoui gave this interview outside a crowd-funding event for a documentary film he appears in called the Secret Trial 5. The film focuses on Canadian secutiry certificates, the five men who have been issued certificates in Canada and their families.

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