Saturday, February 24, 2007

Canada government loses terror ruling

Canada government loses terror ruling
By Bernard Simon
Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2007
Published: February 24 2007 02:00 | Last updated: February 24 2007 02:00

Canada's Supreme Court has struck down a law allowing the government to detain terrorism suspects indefinitely without trial.

In a unanimous ruling, the nine judges said yesterday: "The overarching principle of fundamental justice that applies here is this: before the state can detain people for significant periods of time, it must accord them a fair judicial process."

The case revolved around the lengthy detention and potential deportation of three men from Syria, Algeria and Morocco under so-called "security certificates" issued by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Bernard Simon, Toronto


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