This is disappointing. Arar was in the same jail as Almalki and at the same time and he was concerned about Almalki's treatment. One would think that he could contribute. I thought he might be moving back to Ottawa to participate in this inquiry. The civil rights orgaanisation that were giving standing were granted intervenor rather than participant status. I am not sure of the difference but perhaps it may effect their access to classified material and attendance at private sessions. The material is from the official Iacobucci website.
(e) Maher Arar Mr. Maher Arar filed an application for “party status” before the Commission on the grounds that: (i) evidence may be adduced during the Inquiry that will affect his reputation and his right to hold those responsible for his detention accountable; and (ii) the Commission may
shed further light on the conduct of Canadian officials with respect to his detention in Syria”. Mr. Arar did not seek funding. Prior to the March 21, 2007 hearing, Mr. Arar’s counsel withdrew his request to make oral submissions in support of the application. On March 27, 2007, Mr. Arar withdrew his application for participation.