OTTAWA, Aug. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Commission of Inquiry into the actions
of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar is releasing today further
information to the public from Commissioner Dennis O'Connor's Report of the
Events Relating to Maher Arar. "In our view, some important information
relating to human rights and torture issues will now be disclosed to the
public. As a result, there is more transparency in the process which will lead
to more accountability for government officials" said Commission Lead Counsel
Paul Cavalluzzo on the new information being made public.
The release of this new information has now been authorized by the recent
judgment of Mr. Justice Simon Noel of the Federal Court of Canada. The
judgment resolved a dispute between the Arar Commission and the Government of
Canada concerning the disclosure of information which the government asserted
should be kept confidential for national security reasons.Commission Counsel
Paul Cavalluzzo was pleased with the judgment in that it justified the
Commission's longstanding efforts to get more information disclosed.
About the government's decision not to appeal the Federal Court
judgement, Mr. Cavalluzzo said: "The Federal Court has authorized the release
of the majority of the information in dispute. He further added: "The judgment
is the culmination of a long process in which the government has released a
great deal of information which it initially resisted and which the Commission
felt should be disclosed. The government should be commended for its decision
not to appeal this judgment. The public interest is served by finally closing
the book on the Arar Report."
An addendum to the Commission's Report of the Events Relating to Maher
Arar, released on September 18, 2006, will soon be available on the
Commission's website at www.ararcommission.ca under "Addendum". The newly
unredacted pages of the Report appear in bold.
For further information:
For further information: Paul Cavalluzzo, Commission Lead Counsel, (416)