The Arar Inquiry – May 16, 2005 (Part 1 of 3)

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The Arar Inquiry – May 16, 2005 (Part 1 of 3)

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

Witness: Maureen Girvan

Marlys Edwardh (Counsel for Mr. Arar) continues cross-examination of Maureen Girvan (former manager of the Consular Services Section of the Canadian Consulate General in New York). Ms. Girvan describes the actions of consular officials around the time of Mr. Arar’s detention in New York in September and October 2002. Testimony focuses on the threat of deportation to Syria, Mr. Arar’s arrangements for legal representation, the function of Case Management (CAMANT) notes, Ms. Girvan’s own notes on Mr. Arar’s case, and contact with Monia Mazigh (Mr. Arar’s spouse).