Canada court rejects terror law

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Canada court rejects terror law

Adil Charkaoui walks past a number of protest signs outside the Ottawa court

The debate over the law pitched security against individual rights

Canada’s Supreme Court has struck down a controversial system that allowed the government to detain and deport foreign-born terror suspects.

The Supreme Court has given parliament one year to rewrite the section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act – under which the certificates are issued – to comply with the constitution.

“Before the state can detain people for significant periods of time, it must accord them a fair judicial process,” wrote Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin on behalf of all nine judges.
“The secrecy required by the scheme denies the named person the opportunity to know the case out against him or her, and hence to challenge the government’s case,”

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