POLITICS

Quotes from Thursday's hearing of the Mohamed Harkat case by the Supreme Court

10/10/2013 05:46 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
OTTAWA - A selection of quotes from various players in the case of Mohamed Harkat, currently being argued before the Supreme Court of Canada:

"You have to answer that or face the consequences. That's why we're asking you these questions." — Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin tells government lawyers the case goes beyond Harkat's immediate circumstances.

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"Mr. Harkat is not entitled to any particular process, only one that satisfies the principles of fundamental justice." — Excerpt from the federal government's written submission.

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"We hope to see our side. The government informant failed a lie detector and we find out, the judge find out, there is informant in the case. Finally after nine years the Crown admitted there is informant." — Harkat speaking outside the court before the hearing began.

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"If somebody charged criminally, they have everything in front of them. I never charged. I never commit any crime and I still can't have all evidence to defend myself." — Harkat.

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"I'm hoping one day I can clear my name." ­ — Harkat.

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"There's nothing meaningful happening in the public hearing." — Harkat lawyer Norm Boxall, saying the real evidence in a security certificate case is presented behind closed doors.

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