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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Ashcroft to be sued by Syrian-born Canadian terrorist suspect
Justine at 10:51 PM ET

Here's Wednesday's legal news from the US Department of Justice. CNEWS Canada reports on a lawsuit to be filed against Attorney General John Ashcroft by Maher Arar, a man detained by American authorities in 2002 on his way home to Canada under a Canadian passport after a visit to Tunisia. Arar says that because he is a citizen of both Canada and Syria, he was improperly deported by the US to Syria instead of his country of residence, where he was tortured and released with no explanation in October 2002. The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is overseeing the lawsuit on Arar's behalf, but they currently have no comment on the case. Arar has also sued Syria and Jordan for mistreatment while he was detained. Arar's suit against Ashcroft will be brought under the Alien Tort Claims Act. For related information on the CCR's involvement in Arar's case, click here and here.... Attorney General Ashcroft announced Wednesday that charges have been filed against Mohammed Abdullah Warsame for conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda. The case against Warsame is the result of an investigation by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. If convicted, Warsame, a Canadian citizen of Somali descent who was a student at a Minneapolis community college, faces a possible 15 years in prison and a hefty fine. Read the Department of Justice press release.
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