Canadian Terrorist Passport Update
As reported yesterday, Abdurahman Khadr, son of an Al Qaeda terrorist, is free to re-apply for a Canadian passport after the Federal Court ruled that Canada was wrong to deny his application for national security reasons: Court victory for Khadr.
This story notes that the Canadian government can revoke the passport immediately after granting it, but also quotes Khadr’s lawyer saying he’ll continue fighting until Khadr has that passport he wants so much.
The son of a suspected al-Qaida financier is free to re-apply for a Canadian passport after a court ruling yesterday that Ottawa was wrong to deny Abdurahman Khadr’s application on the basis of national security.
But the win could be short-lived for Khadr, since the ruling by Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan also made it clear that the federal government could revoke the passport on those same grounds once it’s granted.
That didn’t stop Khadr and lawyer Clayton Ruby from denouncing the March 2004 decision by former foreign affairs minister Bill Graham to deny the application on the basis of a law that had not yet been passed.
“Not bad for a dictatorship, not good enough for Canada,” Ruby said. “The grounds on which (Graham) made (his decision) were expressed in no Canadian law that then existed, namely national security grounds.”
Ruby said he’s confident Khadr’s new application will be approved — and he vowed to head back to court if Ottawa tries to take it away again.