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Pakistanis Threaten to Sue Canada

Five Pakistani students are threatening to sue Canada after they were deported for suspected al-Qaeda links. The men told a news conference in Islamabad they had been badly treated at the time of their arrest in Toronto and during three months in detention. One said he had been beaten, while another accused the Canadian authorities of denying them legal help. Human rights campaigners say the men, who were among 19 Pakistanis deported, were arrested because they were Muslim. Mohammed Waheed told reporters that at the time of his arrest he had been kicked and punched by six security officials, and was later thrown into a cell with a murder suspect. Another deportee, Asif Aziz, said they had been denied legal assistance, and were not even produced before a proper court. Although the investigators kept on asking questions about our possible links with extremist Islamic groups, he said, we were never formally charged. Full Story

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