Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Arar and wife give scholarship to BC university

I believe that Mazigh taught at the university. The couple were apparently well received in Kamloops. It is nice to see them thank the community in this way.

Maher Arar gives scholarship to B.C. university

KAMLOOPS, B.C. (CP) - A Canadian man once deported to Syria under false terrorist claims is leaving a legacy at a B.C. university.

Maher Arar and his wife Monia Mozigh are providing a $20,000 scholarship to Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, where they lived for about a year. Mozigh says it's a way to thank the community and help students to be more involved in social justice issues.

She says the scholarship will encourage students to be socially responsible while maintaining a high academic standing.

Arar was awarded $11 million in compensation by Ottawa after faulty information provided by the RCMP resulted in the U.S. deporting him to Syria, where he was imprisoned and tortured for a year.

The couple now live in Ottawa.

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