ID of RCMP agent to stay secret in case of accused Muslim bomb plotter

TORONTO – The identity of an undercover RCMP officer who befriended a Pakistani man accused of plotting terror attacks in Toronto should remain secret, the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled Tuesday.

The ruling overturns an earlier board decision in the case of Jahanzeb Malik that Ottawa had failed to make its case for the need for secrecy.

During several hours of closed-door hearings, the board’s Harry Adamidis heard a new application from Canada Border Services Agency for a publication ban on the identity of the undercover officer.

Malik’s lawyer Anser Farooq opposed the application on the basis there was no new information to warrant hearing it.

Farooq also argued the case against his client turns on the conduct and credibility of the officer and said the hearing should be open to the public.

However, Jessica Lourenco, lawyer for the immigration minister, argued she had new information that warranted hearing the new application.

Stay secret from whom? Rest assured this agent will be made known to the bad guys if he hasn’t been outed already.