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article imageJudge upholds Mahjoub security certificate

By Paula Kirman     Dec 8, 2013 in Politics
A judge has upheld the federal government's labelling of Mohammad Mahjoub as a threat to Canada. This decision, made in early December, was based upon evidence that the judge believed supported Ottawa's claim Mahjoub was involved with terrorist groups.
According to a report in the Canadian Press, this evidence included being "trusted" by Osama bin Laden.
Mahjoub is a 53 year old Egyptian father of three who has been living in Toronto under the severe restrictions of a "security certificate." Despite never actually being charged with a crime, he has at times been under house arrest. He denies any involvement with terrorist groups despite having worked on an agricultural project in Sudan run by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the early 1990s.
The spy service agency that collected information on Mahjoub has been accused of using information linked to torture. However, Federal Court Judge Edmond Blanchard did not feel that this and other errors in the handling of Mahjoub's case were strong enough to throw out the security certificate against him.
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