November 7th, 2003 - Open Knowledge
Nov. 7th, 2003
The following link connects to the details of the US Government sending a Canadian Citizen to a torture camp in Syria.
The statement of the man himself:
Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News Online | November 4, 2003
Full text at http://ottawa.cbc.ca/ottawanews/documents/ararstatement20031104.pdf
The following statement was read by Maher Arar in Ottawa on November 4, 2003, less than one month after being released from prison in Syria:
"I am here today to tell the people of Canada what has happened to me.
There have been many allegations made about me in the media, all of them by people who refuse to be named or come forward. So before I tell you who I am and what happened to me, I will tell you who I am not.
I am not a terrorist. I am not a member of al-Qaeda and I do not know any one who belongs to this group. All I know about al-Qaeda is what I have seen in the media. I have never been to Afghanistan. I have never been anywhere near Afghanistan and I do not have any desire to ever go to Afghanistan.
Now, let me tell you who I am.
I am a Syrian-born Canadian. I moved here with my parents when I was 17 years old. I went to university and studied hard, and eventually obtained a Masters degree in telecommunications. I met my wife, Monia at McGill University. We fell in love and eventually married in 1994. I knew then that she was special, but I had no idea how special she would turn out to be.
If it were not for her I believe I would still be in prison.
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