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Canadian Rule of Law - Guantanamo

A <Canadian> Federal Court judge has ordered Canadian intelligence to cease questioning Guantanamo Bay's youngest prisoner, in a decision criticizing counterterrorism agents for flouting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Though the Americans have never clarified his legal status or charged him, agents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade have travelled to Guantanamo at least three times to speak to Mr. Khadr, with an eye to furthering their own investigations.

Hundreds of "enemy combatants" remain jailed in Guantanamo as U.S. courts wrestle with the legality of the prison experiment, but "this is the first judgment I know of where America is found not to be complying with the rule of law," Mr. Edney said.

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August 10th, 2005
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