Muslim Council of Montreal welcomes Zaccardelli’s resignation, but says justice not served yetDecember 7, 2006
Montreal, Quebec, Dec. 7th, 2006- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) called the recent resignation of RCMP Commissioner Zaccardelli a key step in the Arar affair, however deemed it insufficient. MCM calls for similar investigations to be carried out in the cases Adbullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muyyed Nurredin, three other Canadian Muslim men who were imprisoned and tortured by foreign governments, and also for a thorough review of RCMP and CSIS policies and procedures.
MCM also expressed its dismay over the lack of apology from Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day over the wrongs suffered by Mr. Arar and his refusal to answer questions on Commissioner Zaccardelli. “Mr. Day must act responsibly and fully cooperate with the Commons public safety committee, instead of dodging the bullet and refusing to answer their questions,” Elmenyawi said.
MCM reiterates its demands for the federal government to act swiftly in the following matters:
* Apologize to Mr. Arar and his family;
“There is growing need for a parliamentary committee to oversee CSIS and RCMP complaints, and to guarantee the proper checks and balances in the way Canadians are treated by their security officers,” Elmenyawi said. “This will help restore credibility and respect both for Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and for the honest officers who protect us all.”
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