The Canadian government has denied any wrongdoing when it handed over an Algerian refugee claimant to the United States on Sept. 12, 2001 for "investigation," the Ottawa Citizen reported. Benamar Benatta was held in U.S. custody for five years before being returned to Canada, where he now holds refugee status. He has launched a $35-million lawsuit against the Canadian government. Mr. Benatta, a 34-year-old former lieutenant in the Algerian air force, claims his removal to the U.S. as a terror suspect was illegal.
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