Thursday, March 19, 2009

Michel Cabana - ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE - RCMP - Some information about recently promoted RCMP Assistant Commissioner

RCMP/CSIS Complicity in Torture: false information, torture, and PROMOTION ..

The National Post has recently revealed the promotion of Michel Cabana to RCMP assistant commissioner .

Full article source: National Post - March 17, 2009)

NATIONAL POST - March 17, 2009 - by Chris Boutet
OTTAWA — The RCMP officer who led the national-security unit that provided false information on Maher Arar to U.S. authorities has been promoted to the rank of assistant commissioner.
Michel Cabana was the inspector in charge of Project A-O Canada, a unit created in 2001 to investigate the alleged links of Abdullah Almalki to al-Qaeda. According to a report by Justice Dennis O’Connor, who oversaw a public inquiry into the matter, the RCMP team supplied information to U.S. Customs officials describing Arar as an “Islamic extremist” with links to al-Qaeda.
O’Connor concluded that the information likely led the United States to deport him to Syria, where he was tortured.

The investigation identified Arar as a “person of interest,” but Arar was never criminally charged and he has denied any wrongdoing. In 2007, the

Canadian government awarded him $10.5-million in compensation for the ordeal.

Cabana was previously a chief superintendent before being promoted to assistant commissioner, according to cabinet documents.

The RCMP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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