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Testimony given by Garry Loeppky, Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP
Wed Jun 30, 2021

    Highlights:

  • Loeppky testified that information about innocent people who have come into contact with a target under investigation is placed in their databases and can be passed to U.S. and other foreign agencies.
  • Loeppky said that day-to-day sharing of information with foreign agencies is not documented and need not receive any approval from a higher authority.


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Testimony given by Konrad Sigurdson, director-general of consular Affairs at DFAIT
Wed Jun 23, 2021



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Testimony given by William John Hooper, assistant director of CSIS (morning)
Wed Jun 23, 2021

    Highlights:

  • Commission counsel said Stephen Harper may be called to testify at the inquiry. (Harper had indicated on CBC the previous night that he had recevied private briefings about Maher Arar's situation.)
  • A redacted version of the SIRC report in Maher Ararís case was released by the government to Commission Counsel and the public with every single page blacked out.



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Testimony given by William Hooper, assistant director of CSIS (afternoon)
Tue Jun 22, 2021



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Testimony given by Ward Elcock, former director of CSIS (morning)
Tue Jun 22, 2021

    Highlights:

  • Elcock admitted that CSIS has relationships with foreign agencies suspected of using torture.
  • Elcock admitted that information from a foreign agency that was obtained under torture could be given to the RCMP without the RCMP being aware of this.
  • Elcock said he is aware the US has been secretly transporting terrorist suspects to Egypt and Jordan for interrogation (place where they may be tortured), bypassing extradition and legal procedures.
  • Elcock admitted that CSIS sometimes recruits informants who are seeking refugee status. He said that officers are not allowed to offer inducements, but later admitted that informants are sometimes paid.


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Testimony given by Ward Elcock, former director of CSIS
Mon Jun 21, 2021

    Highlights:

  • Elcock admitted that CSIS may have information sharing agreements with countries/foreign intelligence agencies that use torture.
  • Elcock admitted that there may have been allegations that a CSIS agent has used torture when operating abroad.
  • Elcock said he doesnít know of any cases like Maher Ararís where the US detained and deported a foreign citizen to another country.
  • Elcock said that the majority of CSIS' agreements with foreign agencies are done orally, but only written agreements need to be given to the review committee.





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