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jeff house
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posted 31 January 2007 12:23 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I recommend this article about Maher Arar and a Dutch fellow charged with terrorism in the US.

The interesting aspect is the way in which the Dutch basically told Bush that they were not going to extradite anyone to face a military tribunal; the US had to guarantee a real trial, with all the rights that accused people have.

In order to win extradition for Delaema to face trial in the United States, prosecutors had to make a raft of promises to the Dutch authorities that would be insulting to American perceptions of the rule of law, were they not so completely well-earned over the past few years. The defendant will be tried in criminal court, not by a military tribunal. He will not face the death penalty, even though under our law his crimes could warrant it. He will serve his sentence—possibly a life one—in a jail in the Netherlands, not here. And, perhaps most astonishing of all, the United States had to agree that Dutch courts will be able to review and possibly modify the terms of the American court's sentence once Delaema is returned to the Netherlands. The American judgment, then, is not necessarily final. And all this because, according to Delaema's attorney, the U.S. government no longer can be trusted to treat its prisoners humanely. Clearly, the Dutch authorities agree.

The underlying reality is that Canada is far more cooperative with the US, no matter how insanely the US government is acting at any given time.

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