Adil Charkaoui joins Montreal protest

MONTREAL – Suspected Moroccan terrorist Adil Charkaoui joined several dozen people Saturday to protest national security certificates used to detain alleged terrorists without trial or charges.

“I had a normal life like everybody and then one day (the Canadian Security Intelligence Service) decided I was a threat to national security,” said Charkaoui, 31, who was detained under a certificate for almost two years before being released under stringent bail conditions in February.

“They arrested me, they didn’t show any proof and they told me I was very dangerous,” he said, pulling up his pantleg to show the electronic ankle bracelet he must wear. “I am just asking for justice … I want the government to give me a fair trial to clear my name and show I’m not a terrorist.”

Canadian Press report, 26 March 2005