Deadline for Submission of Report of the Iacobucci Internal Inquiry - Extended until September 2, 2008



    OTTAWA, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, the
Commissioner conducting the Internal Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian
Officials in Relation to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed
Nureddin, announced today that the deadline for submitting his report has been
extended until September 2, 2008.
    The Inquiry's Terms of Reference call for the Commissioner to submit both
a confidential report and a separate report that is suitable for disclosure to
the public simultaneously in both official languages to the Governor in
Council. The Terms of Reference initially provided for the submission of this
report on or before January 31, 2008.
    In a recent ruling, the Commissioner stated: "While the Inquiry has
proceeded as expeditiously as possible, and I intend that it will continue to
do so, the further work that needs to be done and the necessity for
consultations with participants lead me to the view that the reporting
deadline of January 31, 2008 set out in the Terms of Reference is not
practical. Accordingly, I will be seeking an extension of the date for
submitting my report, including the report suitable for disclosure to the
public, to a date that is both realistic and achievable, assuming that the
reviews for national security confidentiality that must be conducted proceed
in a timely manner." The deadline for submission of the report has now been
extended until September 2, 2008.
    Earlier this month, the Commissioner held a public hearing to receive
submissions concerning the standards that he should apply in determining
whether there were deficiencies in the conduct of Canadian officials, as his
mandate calls for him to do. In concluding the hearing, the Commissioner
stated that he found the submissions helpful and instructive. The Commissioner
has also recently conducted interviews of Messrs. Almalki, Abou-Elmaati and
Nureddin to assist him in assessing their allegations that they were tortured
in Syria and (in Mr. Abou-Elmaati's case) in Egypt.

    Established under Part I of the Inquiries Act by the Minister of Public
Safety, the Commissioner's mandate is to determine whether the detention of
these three individuals in Syria or Egypt resulted from actions of Canadian
officials, particularly in relation to the sharing of information with foreign
countries; those actions or the actions of Canadian consular officials were
deficient in these cases and whether any mistreatment of these three
individuals in Syria or Egypt resulted from deficiencies in the actions of
Canadian officials.




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