The Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar
Witness: Franco Pillarella
Franco Pillarella, the former Canadian Ambassador to Syria, testifies. Under examination by Commission Counsel Paul J. J. Cavalluzzo, Mr. Pillarella speaks about the role of Canadian ambassadors abroad and about the recent political history and political conditions of Syria. In a heated exchange, the ambassador repeatedly denies having any knowledge of human-rights abuses occurring in Syria during his time there.