Federal Court Judge Simon Noel ruled that while some minor changes are appropriate, Mohamed Mahjoub still needs careful monitoring.
“Nothing will ever be to the satisfaction of Mr. Mahjoub,” Noel said in his decision. “I understand the position Mr. Mahjoub is in and the frustration he must be going through (but) at a certain point, a reality check must be performed in order for him to adapt to his future.”
Canadian authorities have argued since his initial arrest in 2000 that Mahjoub, 56, of Toronto, poses a terror-related threat. He has fought numerous legal battles in an effort to overturn his national security certificate, which allows Ottawa to jail him or otherwise limit his freedom without laying criminal charges.
Mahjoub, who spent years in prison, was released in 2009 under stringent conditions. While those restrictions have been eased in recent years, he had wanted Noel to scrap almost all of them.
In rejecting the request, Noel leaned heavily on a 2013 Federal Court decision that found Mahjoub’s national security certificate to be reasonable.
In that decision, another judge found credible evidence that Mahjoub was once a top executive at an enterprise in Sudan run by the late terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. The judge also found Mahjoub had been a ranking member of the Egyptian terror organization known as Vanguards of Conquest, and that he had lied about his contacts with known terrorists while in Canada.
Mahjoub, who first came to Canada in December 1995 and was granted refugee status in October 1996, has consistently denied any such links.
Although some conditions of his release in 2009 have been eased — such as the requirement that he wear a tracking bracelet — numerous others remain in place. Among them are requirements he report to border service agents weekly, remain subject to physical surveillance and use only a supervised email account.