Just how many did we let in?

‘Secret Trial’ defendant back in court

In the early 2000s, CSIS accused Mr. Harkat, Mr. Almrei and three others from the Arab world of being al-Qaeda threats, but they went to court and blocked the government’s attempts to deport them.

After the favourable 2009 ruling, Mr. Almrei renewed his application for permanent residency. He got refugee status after coming to Canada in 1999, even though he had spent several years in Afghanistan with an Islamist fighting faction during the civil war.