The Arar Inquiry – May 25, 2005 (Part 5 of 6)

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The Arar Inquiry – May 25, 2005 (Part 5 of 6)

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

Witness: Gar Pardy

Henry Garfield (Gar) Pardy (former Director General of Consular Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)) continues testimony. Under examination by Commission Counsel Paul J. J. Cavalluzzo, Mr. Pardy speaks about the actions of Consular Affairs during in the course of Mr. Arar’s detention in Syria. He describes mixed messages being sent to the Syrians by Consular Affairs, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and he recalls attempts to resolve the conflict among the various agencies. He is also asked about information concerning Mr. Arar appearing in press reports. Following Mr. Pardy’s testimony there is a procedural discussion, with the Commissioner and Marlys Edwardh (Counsel for Mr. Arar) speaking about means of cross-examining witnesses without requiring Mr. Arar to testify.