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Are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Investigating U.S. Officials for Maher Arar’s Torture?

Maher Arar may not have been able to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal for redress after U.S. officials rendered him to Syria to be tortured.

Paolo Reyna
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jun 14, 2010

Maher Arar may not have been able to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal for redress after U.S. officials rendered him to Syria to be tortured. But Arar and his lawyers with the Center for Constitutional Rights are now disclosing that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have a criminal investigation into U.S. complicity with his abuse. From a CCR release just now, citing Arar attorney Maria LaHood:

“The U.S. should be conducting its own criminal investigation of the officials responsible for sending an innocent man to Syria for a year to be interrogated under torture, not covering for them.  Again, the Canadians are doing the right thing by criminally investigating not only Syrian officials, but officials from the U.S. as well. The Obama administration should look to the Canadian example and do what’s right – apologize to Maher and hold his torturers accountable.”

I’ll update when I have more.

Update: LaHood tells me that Arar has met with RCMP investigators and the investigation has “been going on for least four years.”

Paolo Reyna | Paolo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in International Studies with a Latin American emphasis. During the fall semester of 2012, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru, which piqued his interest in international growth. He learned about the disparities that impact indigenous peoples, got a taste of Peruvian culture, and improved his Spanish skills. Mitchel interned with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducting research on food security in Latin America, after being inspired by his foreign experience. He wants to work in international development and for a government department, writing legislation. He loves playing intramural basketball and practicing for the Chicago marathon when he is not thinking about current events in Latin America.

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