Friday, January 30, 2009

Court restores rule that denied passport to terrorist

Court restores rule that denied passport to terrorist

Updated Fri. Jan. 30 2009 7:47 AM ET

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA -- The government was justified in breaching a convicted terrorist's rights by denying him a passport, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.

The decision made public Thursday appears to bolster Passport Canada's ability to keep the valuable travel document out of the hands of people considered a national security threat.

The three-member appeal court panel unanimously decided that the decision to refuse Fateh Kamel of Montreal a passport was a justifiable violation of his constitutional rights.

The judgment sets aside an earlier court decision that effectively struck down a rule allowing the foreign affairs minister to deny or revoke a passport on national security grounds.

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