Mohamed Harkat leads challenge of national security certificates in high court

OTTAWA – About two dozen people gathered outside the Supreme Court of Canada today to support Mohamed Harkat, an Ottawa man dogged by accusations of terrorist ties for more than a decade.

Harkat is taking his case to the high court to challenge the constitutionality of national security certificates.

His supporters braved a dank and chilly morning to back the former gas station attendant and pizza delivery man.

Some carried signs, including one that read: Stop Secret Courts.

In a submission to the Supreme Court, Harkat’s lawyers say the security certificate process is inconsistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it provides scant information about the allegations their client faces.

The lawyers say Harkat still does not know the substance of the allegations against him even 11 years after his arrest.

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