Court Report Slams U.S., Canada on False Suspect

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

Maher Arar is a Syrian-born Canadian computer engineer who was falsely accused of having terrorist ties. Canadian investigators deported him to the United States in 2002, where he was arrested at JFK Airport.

He was then sent to Syria for a year, where, according to a report released by a Canadian judge Tuesday, he was tortured.

The report, which exonerates Arar of any wrongdoing, sharply criticizes both American and Canadian authorities for his mistreatment. Melissa Block talks with Arar.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.