Dr. Omid Safi, commissioned by the defence, as an expert witness; in the John Nuttall and Amanda Korody entrapment case, and Immigration Lawyer Zool Suleman, analyze the legal processes and outcomes of the so-called Canada Day Bomb Plot code named Project Souvenir by the RCMP.
On 29th August 2016, Madam Justice Bruce, ultimately concluded there was an abuse of process, illegalities and an inducement of an offence by the RCMP in this case.
Justice Bruce, ultimately concluded there was an abuse of process, illegalities and an inducement of an offence by the RCMP in this case.In her words, The RCMP “were clearly overzealous and acted on the assumption that there were no limits to what was acceptable when investigating terrorism. Within their ranks there were warnings given and ignored. There is clearly a need to curtail the actions of the police in a prospective sense to ensure that future undercover investigations do not follow the same path. Moreover, to permit the defendants’ conviction to stand in the face of this kind of police misconduct would be offensive and would cause irreparable damage to the integrity of the justice system. More on the reasons of the verdict available here: http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/16/14/2016BCSC1404.htm
Dr. Safi is an American Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center. He is a distinguished and prolific scholar specializing in Islamic Mysticism, contemporary Islamic thought and medieval Islamic history. For more information available here: http://islamicstudies.duke.edu
He is the past Chair for the Study of Islam, and the current Chair for Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion. Omid is the editor of the volume Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism, which offered an understanding of Islam rooted in social justice, gender equality, and religious and ethnic pluralism. His works Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam, dealing with medieval Islamic history and politics, and Voices of Islam: Voices of Change were published 2006. His last book, Memories of Muhammad, deals with the biography and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad. He has forthcoming volumes on the famed mystic Rumi, contemporary Islamic debates in Iran, and American Islam.
Omid blogs at OnBeing
Omid has been among the most frequently sought speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN and other international media. He leads an educational tour every summer to Turkey, to study the rich multiple religious traditions there. The trip is open to everyone, More information on Illuminated Tours
Zool Suleman is an Vancouver based lawyer whose legal practice focuses on immigration, refugee and citizenship law for more information go to www.sulemanco.com. A former refugee from Uganda, he has been active in the fight against racial profiling since the events of 9-11. He was part of a movement to stop racial profiling in Canada which included public advocacy, legislative amendments in Canada’s parliament and a scholarly research project funded, in part by the Law Foundation of British Columbia. Recently, he has been involved as a member of the steering group that created Canada’s first Islamophobia Helpline, which included support from the BC Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Bar Association. He has been a member of the Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration in Vancouver since 2005 and in this position has helped to develop municipal policy as consultant and a writer. He is a frequent media commentator for a variety of regional, national and international media outlets. He writes for the National Observer and is a regular guest on Roundhouse Radio 98.3 FM.
This discussion is a part of a series titled ‘Unpacking Anti-Terrorism’, presenting discussion and analysis by leading Muslims from diverse backgrounds on the a/effects of anti-terror laws on Canadian society in general and on Muslims and their communities in particular. Contributing authors include legal experts, public intellectuals, politicians, senators, community organizations as well as individuals and family members directly affected by the post 9/11 anti-terror / security legislation and regimes.