Supreme Court strikes down security certificates

By Tonda MacCharles, The Toronto Star, 23 February 2007

The country’s top court has declared unconstitutional the overly-secretive “security certificate” system used to deport non-citizens suspected of terrorism ties. But in a unanimous 9-0 ruling released this morning, the Supreme Court of Canada pointed to different ways the law might be re-written to comply with the Charter of Rights’ guarantees of fundamental justice, and given the federal government 12 months to do so.

Until then, the now-tainted provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act remain valid.

None of the men subject to deportation under the law is free to go, but their lawyers say the ruling is - in the words of one - “a nearly total victory.” [...]

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