Probe says Canada at fault in Syria torture cases

TORONTO (AP) -- A federal inquiry has found that the actions of Canadian officials contributed indirectly to the torture of three Arab-Canadian men in Syria.

The independent report by a former Supreme Court judge was released Tuesday, 22 months after the probe began.

Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muyyed Nureddin, say they were wrongly labeled as terrorists by Canada's federal police and intelligence agency.

The men were arrested on visits to Syria, imprisoned and tortured. They were later released without charge.

They deny any terrorist links and say Royal Canadian Mounted Police or intelligence officials tipped-off foreign intelligence agencies about their travel plans to the Middle East and provided questions for their captors to ask.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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