US claims Canadian sent to Syria can't sue it over torture

A Canadian man who was detained at a New York airport and then moved to Syria, where he says he was tortured, cannot sue US, a federal court ruled.

US claims Canadian sent to Syria can't sue it over torture

A Canadian man who was detained at a New York airport and then moved to Syria, where he says he was tortured, cannot sue the United States, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.

Maher Arar, a Syrian-born software engineer, was arrested by U.S. officials during a 2002 stopover in New York while on his way home to Canada and then deported to Syria.

Arar says he was imprisoned in Syria for a year and tortured and has sued top U.S. government officials, saying his civil liberties were violated.

But in a 7-4 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed with a lower court that Arar could not sue U.S. officials.

"Once Congress has performed this task, then the courts in a proper case will be able to review the statute and provide judicial oversight," the ruling said.

The Canadian government has cleared Arar of any links to any outlawed groups, apologized and paid him millions of dollars in compensation.

The Center for Constitutional Rights, which represented Arar, had no immediate comment.

Reuters

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