Ottawa reaches $10M settlement with Arar
Last Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2007 | 11:29 PM ET
Ottawa has reached a $10-million settlement with Maher Arar over Canada's role in a U.S. decision to deport him to Syria, where he was jailed and tortured.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to make the settlement announcement on Friday afternoon, when he will also issue a formal apology to Arar on behalf of Canadians. Sources told the CBC the government will also pick up Arar's legal fees.
Maher Arar, shown in September, had originally sought millions in compensation and a government apology.Maher Arar, shown in September, had originally sought millions in compensation and a government apology.
Arar, a Canadian citizen born in Syria, had originally sought $37-million in compensation and an official government apology. In previous comments, Harper said that any apology would accompany a settlement.
The apology is expected to highlight that Arar and his family suffered extensively.
Arar, who now lives in Kamloops, B.C., will be in Ottawa on Friday and plans to speak to the media after Harper's announcement.
In 2002, the engineer was living in Ottawa and coming back from a vacation when he was arrested during a stopover at New York's JFK Airport.