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    Charkaoui s mother testifies Irwin Block Montreal Gazette http://www.montrealgazette.com/Sports/Terror+suspect+mother+testifies/ 1204717/story.html Adil
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      Charkaoui's mother testifies
      Irwin Block
      Montreal Gazette
      http://www.montrealgazette.com/Sports/Terror+suspect+mother+testifies/
      1204717/story.html


      Adil Charkaoui's mother says her family's life here and in Morocco
      has been devastated since security officials decided her son fit the
      profile of a terrorist sleeper agent and jailed him in 2003.

      Latifa Radwan told a Federal Court hearing yesterday that Canadian
      Security and Intelligence Service analysts wrongly interpreted facts
      in her son's file.

      "He is not a terrorist. He wouldn't hurt a fly. He is against all
      forms of violence," said Radwan, who was among the witnesses called
      by Charkaoui's lawyers, who want to ease the stringent conditions
      imposed on him since his release from detention three years ago.

      As an example of how facts are misread, Radwan said Charkaoui studied
      at a private Catholic School in Morocco, and since he was a turbulent
      youngster, the nun in charge said he should enroll in martial arts
      and swimming classes. He attained the rank of Second Dan in karate
      and "all of a sudden that makes him a threat," Radwan said
      sarcastically.

      Charkaoui lives in east-end Montreal under a form of house arrest in
      which he is constantly monitored with a Global Positioning System
      device, has restricted use of the telephone and Internet, and must be
      accompanied everywher e by one of his parents or a close friend,
      Larbi Oizani.

      Oizani said Charkaoui was "a very honest person and definitely not
      violent.

      "He loves this society that has welcomed him, and that is
      incompatible with trying to harm this country," he said.

      After his release, Charkaoui began teaching high-school French in the
      fall of 2006 at a private Muslim school, and according to principal
      Layla Saoif, he was dedicated and effective.

      But he was let go in November because, although he has a master's
      degree, he was unable to obtain a teaching certificate or temporary
      permit. The reason cited by the Education Department was "the
      situation with the federal government."

      "The students are the victims, and they are not happy," Saoif told the
      court. She said she also worried that hiring him could compromise the
      school's request for provincial grants.

      Charkaoui enrolled in the Ph.D. program in education at Université de
      Montréal, but this meant his father, who alternates with his mother in
      accompanying him to school, had to stop working as a machinist so he
      could accompany his son to university. The family is running out of
      money, and Radwan said she is ill and can no longer share the burden
      of accompanying her son.

      She also noted that when she returned to Morocco in 2004 to get a
      certificate proving her son had no criminal record there, she ended
      up being interrogated by Moroccan secret services.

      The hearing continues.


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