Mohamed Harkat condemns security certificates at Ottawa rally

Accused Al Qaeda operative says, “I am angry at the system for allowing such darkness”

In the shadow of an Ottawa monument to human rights with a GPS unit shackled to his ankle, just a few feet away from where the occupants of an idling black van monitored his every word and movement, accused Al Qaeda operative Mohamed Harkat had harsh words for the national security program that has kept him in a Kafkaesque legal limbo for more than six years. The Ottawa Citizen reports that Harkat—who has only recently been allowed to speak out in public after a court ruling earlier this year “liberalized” his onerous bail restrictions—told the crowd he still believes that he can restore his freedom, and perhaps even his reputation, through a “fair and open trial.”

Ottawa Citizen