Maher Arar

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Maher Arar is a Syrian-born Canadian citizen who, in the autumn of 2002, was detained by United States authorities when he arrived in New York City on a flight from Zurich. Arar had planned to fly home to Ottawa from New York. Instead of deporting Arar to Canada, the US sent him first to Jordan and then to Syria, where he was held for ten months before being released. When he arrived home in Canada, Arar told a story of how he was repeatedly tortured in a Syrian prison.[1] In response to public outrage, the Canadian government called a public inquiry to investigate how this had happened to a Canadian citizen. Testimony at the inquiry strongly implicated Canadian authorities in cooperating with their United States counterparts and bearing some responsibility for what had happened.