Abdullah Almalki is a Canadian engineer, he used to be a businessman before being detained, interrogated and tortured in Syria because of inaccurate information, false labels and unfounded inflammatory accusations that Canadian government agencies shared with Syria and other countries.

Abdullah was brutally tortured for almost two years as a result of these false accusations.

Fabricated accusations

Canadian government documents obtained through Access To Information Act show clearly that Canadian officials knew, through years of extensive investigations, that Mr. Almalki had not done anything wrong and was not involved in any illegal activities, yet what is most astonishing and alarming is that during the same period, even on the same day of one of these reports, the Royal Canadian Mounted Policy (RCMP) sent letters to a number of countries, including Syria suggesting to them that Mr. Almalki was "an imminent threat".

These documents combined with what was stated in the Federal Inquiry report, show that Canadian officials knowingly fabricated a case against Mr. Almalki, and had the Syrian regime interrogate under torture Mr. Almalki on questions and information that Canadian officials were supplying them directly and indirectly.

Parliamentary motion

In 2009 the Canadian Parliament passed a motion calling on the Canadian government to issue an apology to Mr. Almalki, compensate him and correct the miss information that it spread about him and his family national and international. Unfortunately the Canadian government did not yield to the will of the Canadian Parliament and has implemented none.

Federal Inquiry

In December 2006, the Canadian government announced an internal inquiry under the Public Inquiries Act to examine the role played by Canadian officials in Abdullah's imprisonment in Syria.  The inquiry was held almost entirely in secret.

The internal inquiry was called after the UNHRC called on Canada in 2005 to do an independent review of the case, and after the release of Arar Commission report in 2006, in which Commissioner O'Connor called for an independent investigation as well.

On 21/10/2008, the inquiry released its report to the public. In it, Justice Iacobucci outlines:

" I conclude that, while in Syrian detention, Mr. Almalki suffered mistreatment amounting to torture."

" .. I find that mistreatment suffered by Mr. Almalki in Syria resulted indirectly from two actions of Canadian officials..    

"..The words "imminent threat" in particular were inflammatory, inaccurate, and lacking investigative foundation.."

" The RCMP appears to have described Mr. Almalki in this way without taking steps to ensure that the description was accurate or properly qualified. The description " linked through association to al Qaeda" and " imminent threat" did not originate in the RCMP's own investigation;... The description appear to have originated from another source; however, this source used these descriptions in respect of other individuals and not in respect of Mr. Almalki."

" I conclude that the actions of Canadian officials to provide consular services to Mr. Almalki in Syria were deficient .."

Previously, It had already been established by O'Connor Commission:

  • that Abdullah was tortured in Syria.

  • that the RCMP were questioning Abdullah by proxy in Syria, despite being fully aware that torture might be used to obtain answers from Abdullah.

  • that the Canadian ambassador to Syria was facilitating the delivery of questions to the Syrian intelligence and requesting the product of the interrogation.

  • and that in January 2003 the Canadian consul delivered personally a package to Fara Felasten branch of the Syrian intelligence, where Abdullah was illegally imprisoned, a package that contained questions for the Syrian intelligence to interrogate Abdullah on.