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Arar v. Ashcroft et al.

The BCCLA supported Maher Arar’s U.S. civil suit against American officials for their role in his rendition and torture in Syria. We argued that Mr. Arar is entitled to a remedy under U.S. law for the serious human rights violations he experienced.

On June 14, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider Mr. Arar’s claims. While unsurprising, the decision represents another disappointing setback for holding U.S. officials accountable for illegal acts.

The BCCLA was represented by Russell Cohen, Rene Kathawala, William Lin and Justin Bagdady of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe.