May 18, 2010 | Amnesty International hosted Mr. Maher Arar, who spoke to the Deerfield Community via video conference on May 18, 2010.
According to the New York Times, “Mr. Arar, a Syrian-born telecommunications engineer, was detained in September 2002 at Kennedy International Airport as he changed planes on his way to Canada from a vacation in Tunisia. Suspected of having ties to Al Qaeda, he was held under harsh conditions in New York for 13 days, interrogated and then sent to Syria, where he spent a year in confinement and, he says, was tortured. He was released in 2003, and Canadian officials later concluded he had no involvement with terrorism.”
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