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Maher Arar's story is one that defines the post 9/11 world - though not in a good way. Born in Syria, he moved to Canada in 1987, at the age of 17. But his story - the one we know - starts in 2002. After a vacation in Tunis, Arar was on his way home to Ottawa, when U-S officials detained him at JFK airport in New York. They suspected Arar had links to al-Qaida, so they held him in solitary confinement for two weeks, without access to a lawyer and then deported him to Syria - where he was thrown in prison and tortured for nearly a year. During that time, Arar's wife, Monia Mazigh, held vigils and meetings, lobbied government officials and called the media - anything she could do to prove her husband's innocence. Finally, in October 2003, Arar was let go. Eventually, an official Canadian inquiry found that Arar had no ties to terrorism and that the RCMP provided false information to American authorities. It also concluded that Canadian officials suspected Arar was being tortured in Syria. Last year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered Arar a formal apology and 10.5 million dollars. Now, his wife Monia has written a book about the ordeal from her point of view. It's called: "Hope & Despair: The Struggle to Free My Husband, Maher Arar.
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2008-11-27 Maher Arar & Monia Mazigh
Maher Arar's story is one that defines the post 9/11 world - though not in a good way. Born in Syria, he moved to Canada in 1987, at the age of 17. But his story - the one we know - starts in 2002. After a vacation in Tunis, Arar was on his way home to Ottawa, when U-S officials detained him at JFK airport in New York. They suspected Arar had links to al-Qaida, so they held him in solitary confinement for two weeks, without access to a lawyer and then deported him to Syria - where he was...
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Date: 27 Nov 2008
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