Bail denied to al-Qaida sleeper agent
Date: Sunday, January 01 2006
Judge denies bail to alleged al-Qaida sleeper agent
Published: Friday, December 30, 2005
OTTAWA -- A man who has been detained for three years on suspicion of being an al-Qaida sleeper agent was denied bail Friday.
Mohamed Harkat was arrested at his Ottawa apartment in December 2002 on a security certificate issued by the federal government. Harkat's lawyer, Matthew Webber, said his client was "quite upset" with the decision by Federal Court Justice Francois Lemieux.
A CSIS official testified in November that Harkat, who has never been charged, would be a threat to national security if he were released.
In March, a Federal Court justice upheld the security certificate on which he has been held, paving the way for Harkat's deportation to his native Algeria.
That decision was based extensively on confidential information and alleged evidence that has never been released to Harkat or his lawyers.
He's appealing to the Supreme Court and was seeking bail pending the outcome of that appeal.