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“It is called “a reasonableness hearing” — a chance for terror suspects facing deportation to make their case — but it seemed more like something out of a Kafka novel when Mohamed Harkat tried to do so in an Ottawa courtroom earlier this year. Harkat, 42, an Algerian immigrant who arrived in Canada as a refugee in 1995, was arrested on a security certificate in 2002 on suspicion of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent. After three-and-half years in detention, he was released on strict conditions. He has always denied any links to terrorism.”

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