The Arar Inquiry – June 13, 2005 (Part 1 of 6)

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The Arar Inquiry – June 13, 2005 (Part 1 of 6)

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

Witness: Robert Fry

Lorne Waldman (Counsel for Mr. Arar) introduces a motion relating to the appearance of leaked government information about Mr. Arar’s case in a newspaper column. Mr. Waldman calls for an investigation and asks that the information, which concerns negotiations between the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Syria, be made part of the public record. Commission Counsel Marc David conducts examination of Robert Fry (former Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs). Mr. Fry describes his role as a liaison between the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAIT) and the minister’s office and the involvement of the minister in Mr. Arar’s case specificially. He is asked about the minister’s knowledge of CSIS visits to Syria and of accusations of torture by the Syrians.