OTTAWA, January 15, 2015 – Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, made the following statement after a Supreme Court decision not to hear the case of an Edmonton man fighting extradition to the United States to face terrorism and murder charges.
“We applaud the decision taken by the Supreme Court of Canada. Canada will not be intimidated and stands firm against those who would threaten our peace, freedom and democracy. We will not hesitate to take all appropriate actions to keep Canadians safe from the ongoing global terror threat that has impacted Canada and our partners,” said Minister Blaney.
“I am pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada has signalled that our Government has indeed respected both Canadian law and its treaty obligations with the United States, a trusted extradition partner. Canada is not a safe haven for alleged criminals and our Government will continue to vigorously defend the actions it takes to ensure the security of its citizens and allies,” said Minister MacKay.
Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, also known as Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa, is alleged to have worked from Edmonton to help a Tunisian man enter Iraq in 2009 and detonate a truck filled with explosives at a military checkpoint, killing five U.S. soldiers.
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