The Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar
Witness: Flynt Leverett
Flynt Leverett (Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution) continues his testimony. Under examination by Michel Décary (Counsel to Canadian consul Léo Martel and former Canadian Ambassador to Syria Franco Pillarella), Dr. Leverett offers a detailed assessment of the nature of consular access granted to Mr. Arar during his detention in Syria and of the actions of Canadian consular officials. There is a brief cross-examination by Norman Boxall (Counsel for Michel Cabana). Under cross-examination by Marlys Edwardh (Counsel for Mr. Arar), Dr. Leverett speaks about American policies on ‘rendition’ and intelligence-sharing, about Syrian intelligence-gathering and terrorism investigations, and Syria’s human rights record.