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Canada and Mohammed el-Attar

Canadians Abroad Part 3:

Mohammed Al-Attar, a Canadian citizen and immigrant to Canada from Egypt was in court again on March 28th 2007. He was accused in addition with another three Israeli men for being intelligence officers for Israel who gave El-Attar orders to use money and sex to recruit Christian Egyptian-Canadians. The three others will be tried in absentia, while El-Attar faces a maximum life sentence with hard labour.

While El-Attar has pleaded not guilty to charges and has asked directly to speak to Canadian officials and the Canadian Prime Minister, there have not been any direct actions from the Canadian Government on the issue to date. While Israel denies any connection to El-Attar, many believe that accusations of belonging to the Israeli intelligence agency is exacerbated by the fact that he converted to Christianity as well as is claimed by the court in Egypt of being a homosexual and using his conversion and sexual orientation in working and recruiting for the Israeli Mossad. El-Attar has had little support so far in Egypt and his statement, which is being used against him, was solicited under torture according to his lawyer. His trial verdict will be given on April 21st 2007.

 See Article: Verdict in case of accused spy delayed until April – 



Richard Basas
Richard Basas

Richard Basas, a Canadian Masters Level Law student educated in Spain, England, and Canada (U of London MA 2003 LL.M., 2007), has worked researching for CSIS and as a Reporter for the Latin America Advisor. He went on to study his MA in Latin American Political Economy in London with the University of London and LSE. Subsequently, Rich followed his career into Law focusing mostly on International Commerce and EU-Americas issues. He has worked for many commercial and legal organisations as well as within the Refugee Protection Community in Toronto, Canada, representing detained non-status indivduals residing in Canada. Rich will go on to study his PhD in International Law.

Areas of Focus:
Law; Economics and Commerce; Americas; Europe; Refugees; Immigration