A timeline in the security certificate case of Algerian refugee Mohamed Harkat
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 08:15 am
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of the security certificate the federal government is using in its effort to deport Algerian refugee Mohamed Harkat. Here is a timeline of the case.
1995: Harkat enters Canada carrying a fake Saudi Arabian passport.
1997: He is granted refugee status.
2001: He marries Sophie Lamarche of Ottawa.
2002: He is detained under a national security certificate which declares him a threat to Canada. It alleges he was an al-Qaida sleeper agent.
2006: He is released on strict bail conditions.
2007: The Supreme Court of Canada strikes down the security certificate regime.
2008: After the law is revised, a new security certificate is issued against Harkat.
2010: After lengthy hearings, the Federal Court of Canada upholds the security certificate and the regime.
2012: The Federal Court of Appeal partly overturns the Federal Court ruling and sends the certificate back for further consideration.
2012: The Supreme Court agrees to hear the case.
2014: The Supreme Court upholds the security certificate and says the system is consistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.