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    CANADIAN DEPORTED BY US TO SYRIA SAYS WAS TORTURED Reuters, 11/4/03 OTTAWA - A Canadian man who was deported to Syria by U.S. agents in 2002 said on Tuesday he
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      CANADIAN DEPORTED BY US TO SYRIA SAYS WAS TORTURED
      Reuters, 11/4/03

      OTTAWA - A Canadian man who was deported to Syria by U.S. agents in
      2002 said on Tuesday he had been tortured during the year he spent in
      a Damascus jail.

      Maher Arar -- who was unexpectedly freed last month -- said in a
      statement that in the first two weeks in prison he was beaten with
      shredded cables. He was also forced to sign false confessions.

      "Between beatings they would put me in a waiting room next to all the
      interrogation rooms. I could hear the prisoners being tortured and
      screaming like crazy. This was the worst," he said.

      The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are already under formal
      investigation for possible wrongdoing over their involvement in the
      controversial case.

      U.S. officials, who alleged Arar belonged to al Qaeda, say privately
      they acted on data supplied by Canadian police. Arar -- who also
      holds a Syrian passport -- was arrested while changing planes in New
      York on a return flight to Canada.

      Ottawa has consistently declined to answer questions about what
      information the police might have handed over about Arar.

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