Canada files charges against Syrian officer in CIA rendition case

Canadian federal officials have filed charges against a Syrian intelligence officer for torturing a Canadian citizen given up by the CIA.

It appears unlikely that the Syrian man — Col. George Salloum — will be arrested and extradited to Canada to face charges, given the ongoing civil war in his country and the fact that his whereabouts are unknown.

Yet the charges, which are the first of their kind, nonetheless send a major signal from Canada and serve to refute the CIA’s practice of handing terrorism suspects to countries where they may have been tortured.