The Fredericton Peace Coalition denounces the recent arrest of Mohamed Harkat at his home in Ottawa. Mohamed Harkat is one of several men being detained on a Security Certificate, a piece of legislation which denies basic legal rights including access to the evidence, cross- examination of informants, and a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, denying the detainees the right to a fair trial.
Tuesday’s arrest of Mohamed Harkat for allegedly breaching bail conditions further illustrates the injustice behind the Security
Certificate legislation. Mohamed Harkat did not breach his conditions at all, even though these conditions are some of the most restrictive in Canadian legal history. Further, this arrest comes in the same week as Mohamed Harkat’s bail is up for review and as the new Security Certificates law is up for debate in the House of Commons. This arrest is nothing more than an example of the torment imposed on the Security Certificate detainees by the Canadian government.
The Fredericton Peace Coalition joins community groups, organizations, and individuals across Canada in calling for an abolishment of the Security Certificate legislation and the release or fair trial for those currently being detained on a certificate.