Suspect’s Deportation Hearing Delayed
MONTREAL (AP) _ A judge on Friday put off a hearing for a Moroccan man accused of having terrorist links who faces deportation from Canada as a security threat.
Adil Charkaoui, 29, was arrested last week on suspicion of having ties to the al-Qaida network. Under the security certificate issued against him by the government, he can be deported if the federal court concurs.
Charkaoui, who has lived in Canada since 1995, denies any connection to Osama bin Laden’s network or other terror groups.
Judge Simon Noel said Friday the government evidence against Charkaoui, much of it kept secret for security reasons, was ``pertinent″ to the case. He postponed arguments until July 2 to give Charkaoui and lawyer Rocco Galati time to prepare.
Court documents released Tuesday said Charkaoui ``has the profile of a sleeper agent that can be activated at any time.″