Canada: Police Raid Scholar's Home
- PAKISTANI SCHOLAR'S HOME IN OTTAWA RAIDED BY RCMP
SON ARRESTED WITHOUT CHARGE:
Could be Attempt to Silence Outspoken Critic
Dr. Mahboob Khawaja is a pre-eminent Pakistani scholar who has
numerous publications and who writes off and on for New Trend. Early
on March 30, 2004 his home in Orleans, near Ottawa, Canada by raided
by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police [RCMP]. The raid was carried out
like a military attack as if terrorists were being targeted. The
Canadian force burst into the peaceful home, wrecked the peace of the
family and behaved in a way which showed the savagery of Canadian
racism. Dr. Khawaja was not there but his son, Momin was arrested.
The police refused to divulge any charges against Momin and would not
tell Canadian newsmen why the raid was carried out. A CBC journalist
contacted New Trend and informed us of the tragic raid on a peaceful
home. A day after the raid, it's still not clear why this shameful
act was carried out against a family which has never broken the law.
One can only speculate that Dr. Khawaja's criticism of U.S. foreign
policy and his strong words against the vicious Musharref regime in
Pakistan may be behind this outrage. The Canadian government seems to
be trying blindly to please the U.S. government.
[The raid was first reported in the Canadian media as below, without
POSTED AT 8:11 AM EST Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2004
Mounties arrest man during raids in Ottawa
By MARY NERSESSIAN
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
One man has been arrested after heavily armed officers from the
RCMP's anti-terrorism unit executed two search warrants in the Ottawa
"The RCMP executed search warrants in Ottawa in relation to an
ongoing criminal investigation," RCMP Corporal Natalie Deschenes said
The RCMP would not confirm the age or name of the man who had been
Cpl. Deschenes would say only that the arrest was connected to a
search warrant. "As this is an ongoing criminal investigation it
would be inappropriate to comment further," she said.
One of the raids was conducted at a home in Orleans, just outside
The owner is listed as Mahboob Khawaja, author of the book Muslims
and the West: Quest for Change and Resolution, which was published in
2000 and looks at Islamic fundamentalism, global conflicts and the
Western world's understanding of Islam.
Dr. Khawaja has also written several essays disapproving of U.S.
foreign policy and the war on terrorism and commenting on "corrupt
Arab leadership" and "American-Zionist political encroachment in the
He was once listed as policy adviser and a member of the
international affairs, politics and religions faculty at Syracuse
University in New York.
There was no answer at the home last night.
Neighbours said the owner lives in the house with his wife and four
adult children and that he is a university professor who works
They also said that two people, believed to be the owner's children,
were led out of the house. Cpl. Deschenes said they were not
detained, that they were only asked to leave during the search.
"He's a really nice guy, really easy to talk to and friendly," said
neighbour Veronica Thorogood, who said she hasn't seen the homeowner
in about a month.
The RCMP said the search warrants were obtained, after review by an
Ontario Court judge, under Criminal Code procedures intended
to "enable police to collect evidence in an ongoing criminal
CBC-TV reported that the searches involved agencies from other
It was confirmed that the RCMP had worked with the Ottawa Police
Service during the raids, but it was not clear whether the Canadian
Security Intelligence Service was involved.
The main objective of CSIS as the federal government's adviser on
matters of national security "is to investigate and report on threats
to the security of Canada, an objective that it pursues while
respecting the law and protecting human rights."
"I can say we work closely with the RCMP on a number of issues and I
did hear of something happening this afternoon, but it's all RCMP,"
CSIS spokeswoman Nicole Currier said.
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