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Report: Canadian Authorities Gave US False Information About Terror Suspect


An official Canadian report says a U.S. decision to send a Canadian Muslim to Syria as a possible terror suspect was based on false information provided by Canadian law enforcement.

The head of an investigating commission said Monday in Ottawa that Canadian police wrongly told U.S. officials that engineer Maher Arar was a Muslim extremist. Arar was detained at a U.S. airport in New York City in September 2002.

The commission report said U.S. authorities then deported Arar to Syria for questioning without notifying Canada.

Arar says he was kept in a tiny cell and tortured during interrogations in Syria. He was released in October 2003 and later filed lawsuits against the governments of the United States and Canada.

U.S. officials did not cooperate with the Canadian investigation.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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