Canada Top Cop Pays Rendition Price

Zaccardelli lied to parliament on information regarding Arar's detention and torture.

Canada Top Cop Pays Rendition Price
Collaboration with the CIA in transferring a Canadian of Syrian background to his home country where he was reportedly tortured has cost the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada's top cop, his job.

"Giuliano Zaccardelli yesterday became the first commissioner in the storied history of the RCMP to be forced out under a cloud of controversy," the daily Global and Mail reported Thursday, December 7.

The daily front-paged the story with the headline "Zaccardelli takes the fall."

It said the chief of one of the world's most fabled and most instantly recognizable forces lost his prestigious post after admitting he had misled parliament on his involvement in the case of Maher Arar.

Arar, a computer engineer holding both Canadian and Syrian citizenship, was arrested at New York's Kennedy Airport in September 2002 while en route to Montreal after a visit to his wife's family in Tunisia.

He was deported to Syria where he was jailed and tortured for more than a year on allegations that he was linked to Al-Qaeda.

A Canadian government commission has cleared Arar of terrorism ties, stating that US authorities had likely relied on faulty intelligence provided by Canadian police.

In September Zaccardelli told the parliament's public safety committee he had first learned in 2002 that police had passed on inaccurate information to US authorities.

But on Tuesday, December 5, he changed his story and told the same committee that he had in fact not become aware of the problem until the release of the report, which condemned police incompetence and dishonesty.

Legislators bluntly told Zaccardelli they did not believe him and several demanded his resignation.

Not Alone  

 

Arar was flown to Syria where he was jailed and tortured for more than a year.

The opposition and human rights groups hailed the resignation as a good step, calling for more heads to roll over the scandal, reported Agence France Presse (AFP).

"Many agencies and departments were involved in what happened to Maher Arar," said Kerry Pither, a spokeswoman for the organizations that had intervener status at Arar's inquiry.

"We need accountability from all of them."

The opposition accuses the government of compromising national sovereignty with its eagerness to share information with the US in their rush to boost security after the 9/11 attacks.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that he had received assurances from US President George W Bush that the Arar's case would be looked into seriously.

Italian prosecutors is week pressed for indicting 26 CIA agents accused of kidnapping an Egyptian imam in Milan in 2003 and sending him to Egypt.

Italian military intelligence chief, Nicolo Pollari, was sacked on November 20 over involvement in the CIA abduction of an Egyptian imam from Milan in 2003 and sending him to Egypt where he was tortured.

Since 9/11, the CIA has rendered more than 100 people from one country to another, to put them in the infamous renditions, usually with well-documented records of abuse, without legal proceedings.

Bush has strongly defended them as "vital to the nation's defense."

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