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A University of British Columbia professor will not be charged with hate crimes for a recent speech that criticized U.S. policy, drew widespread angry reaction and prompted a hate complaint to police, her lawyer, Jack Ruby said yesterday.

Sunera Thobani said in a speech in Ottawa to a women's conference that "from Chile to El Salvador, to Nicaragua to Iraq, the path of U.S. foreign policy is soaked in blood."

Ms. Thobani spoke less than three weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Washington and New York City. CP CORRECTION The lawyer for University of British Columbia professor Sunera Thobani was misidentified in a story Oct. 25. He is Clayton Ruby. (Wednesday, October 31, 2001, Page A2)