A Muslim man of Arab descent was awarded $11,000 by the British Colombia Human Rights Tribunal to compensate for his co-workers’ paranoia that he helped organize the 9/11 attacks. Ghassan Asad was questioned by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after co-workers at a high-tech firm reported that he’d visited New York and Washington a few weeks before the attacks, and his boss claimed he resembled the terrorists known to be involved in the attacks. The police spent three days questioning Asad, but no charges were laid. He is of Saudi Arabian origin but received Canadian citizenship one month before 9/11. The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal concluded that the management engaged in improper conduct that had a serious and substantial impact on Asad. The second part of his claim – that he was unfairly fired in March 2003 – was dismissed by the tribunal.
Judge John Sproat is expected to hear closing arguments from the Crown and the defense next week before he announces his verdict, which could be weeks or months away. Both sides are to give closing arguments next week on the 20-year-old training-camp participant at the centre of Canada’s first terror trial. The Crown has portrayed the youth as a promising and obedient rookie, while the defense has claimed he was a na_ve. Some questions have also been placed on the integrity of the police informant, Mubin Shaikh, paid $300,000 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to infiltrate the alleged terrorist cell.
A Canadian police informant testified that the alleged leader of the alleged terror plot of 2006 in Mississauga, Ontario was clearly a delusional braggart. Mubin Shaikh’s comments came on a second day of cross-examination of the trial of a youth accused of an alleged terror plot. The man on trial, who cannot be named because he was underage at the time of the arrest, is the first of 11 people to face trial. The youth disagreed with the head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, saying that the group was just chilling, reading the Koran and exercising because some guys are lazy you know, they’re gaining weight. The youth, a recent convert to Islam from Hinduism, added sometimes you have to do violence to bring peace.