The Arar Inquiry – August 31, 2005 (Part 1 of 5)

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The Arar Inquiry – August 31, 2005 (Part 1 of 5)

The Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar

Witness: Léo Martel

Commission Counsel Paul J. J. Cavalluzzo concludes direct examination of Léo Martel (former Canadian Consul in Damascus, Syria), who visited Mr. Arar eight times during Mr. Arar’s detention in Syria. Mr. Martel denies that Mr. Arar ever informed him of torture by the Syrians. Marlys Edwardh (Counsel for Mr. Arar) conducts cross-examination with questions focusing on consul duties and training in recognizing signs of prisoner mistreatment and Mr. Arar’s descriptions of his treatment in Syria. Michel Décary (Counsel to Mr. Martel) is chastised by the Commissioner for objecting to Ms. Edwardh’s cross-examination.