Montreal, Canada – It has been almost 20 years since Sophie Lamarche-Harkat’s husband was arrested outdoors their house within the Canadian capital, Ottawa. Since then, the circumstances surrounding Mohamed Harakat’s detention and restricted launch have shifted, however the couple’s life collectively stays mired in uncertainty.
“I am simply exhausted. I am burnt out from all this. This has taken a toll on each of us,” Sophie instructed Al Jazeera in a phone interview final week. “It feels unreal [that] it has been 17 years.”
Harkat fled Algeria as civil warfare gripped the nation within the mid-1990s. He finally moved to Canada, the place he obtained refugee standing. He was later arrested on December 10, 2002, in Ottawa.
Accused of being tied to al-Qaeda and associating with extremists, allegations he denies, he was detained underneath what is named a “safety certificates”.
Used towards a handful of individuals in Canada within the aftermath of the 9/11 assaults in the US, the safety certificates mechanism is an immigration device that permits the Canadian authorities to detain and deport non-citizens on nationwide safety grounds.
With safety certificates, the federal government doesn’t must cost the accused with a criminal offense and it may possibly depend on proof it retains secret for causes of safety. In Harkat’s case, he was detained for greater than three years earlier than being launched with restrictions.
The 17-year anniversary of Harkat’s has prompted renewed requires the Canadian authorities to elevate the…