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Adjudicator frees suspect, disputes terrorist scenario

An immigration adjudicator has called into question Ottawa’s assertions about 19 detained men by ordering one of them freed from jail yesterday, ruling that there “does not exist a reasonable suspicion [to hold the man] on grounds of security.” The adjudicator’s words contrast starkly with those of immigration officials who have suggested that the men — 18 Pakistanis and one Indian — are possibly an al-Qaeda sleeper cell. In a bid to keep them jailed, officials have further said the men lived in cohesive clusters and seemed to be interested in nuclear-power plants, the CN Tower, flight lessons and making explosives. It is an ominous portrait that has been painted only in broad strokes as a police probe continues. Yet Aina Martens, a civil servant with quasi-judicial powers, presented a different picture when she presided over the detention hearing of a Pakistani suspect named Mohammad Akhtar. Full Story

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