The Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar
Witness: Michel Cabana
Paul Copeland (Counsel for Abdullah Almalki) and Barbara Jackman (counsel for Ahmed El Maati) cross-examine Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Inspector Michel Cabana. Prior to Inspector Cabana’s testimony, there is a procedural discussion concerning evidence and lines of questioning affected by claims of national security confidentiality. Under questioning by Mr. Copeland, Inspector Cabana describes the nature of the RCMP’s correspondence with Syria and its awareness of alleged human-rights violations there. He describes Mr. Almalki as being at the centre of an investigation by Project A-OCANADA, an Ottawa-based joint-force investigative team. In response to questions by Ms. Jackman, he describes the nature of the RCMP’s interest in Mr. El Maati. The day’s proceedings are regularly interrupted by discussions of concerns about national security confidentiality. Following a motion by Donald Bayne (counsel for Inspector Cabana), there are negotiations amongst counsel concerning the amount of time needed to complete written submissions.