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Terrorism case grinds toward some legal clarity

Mohamed Harkat was arrested almost 10 years ago in Ottawa on suspicion of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent.

The long-running case of former pizza delivery man Mohamed Harkat – an Algerian refugee accused of terrorist links – will take another twist Thursday when the Supreme Court decides whether to hear appeals from each side.

Mr. Harkat, 44, was arrested almost 10 years ago in Ottawa on suspicion of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent. He denies any involvement in terrorism. The federal government wants to deport Mr. Harkat under a national security certificate, a rarely used tool for removing non-citizens suspected of being terrorists or spies.

In April, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld the constitutionality of the security-certificate system. But the same court ruled that summaries of some mid-1990s conversations be excluded from evidence against him.

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It is unclear how things will unfold procedurally once the Supreme Court declares which – if any – appeal it will hear.

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