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Canada may become home to bin Laden informants 6By Tom Godfrey,Toronto Sun
First posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 5:24:07 EDT PM
TORONTO – Canada can and may accept “a number” of valuable informants from Pakistan who helped the U.S. locate Osama bin Laden, police and immigration officials say.
The relocation of high-level Pakistani informants to other countries is part of an international witness protection program between NATO-member countries, according to the Canadian justice department.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if are there some files like this in the post-Osama bin Laden era,” said immigration specialist Richard Kurland Monday. “The program offers sanctuary for people who helped the U.S. — Britain and Canada and are in danger.”
Kurland said the informants, who can include military personnel, workers or the elite, are brought to safety and resettled in other countries.
They and their families are given a fee, identities and a place to live in Canada.
“These people are friends of the West who now need our protection,’ Kurland said. “This would be standard operating procedure in the post-Osama era.”
The world’s most wanted terrorist was shot and killed at his Pakistan home by a U.S. team more than a week ago.
Kurland said dozens of informants were quietly accepted by Canada in the 1940s and ‘50s after the end of the Second World War and the defeat of Adolf Hitler.
“This process has been going on for years and has never stopped,” he said. “The cycle continues and the practice is ongoing.”
U.S. officials have said they were helped by a number Pakistani nationals in their hunt for bin Laden.
A Department of Justice website said government officials may enter into a reciprocal agreement with a foreign government to admit foreign nationals into the witness protection program.
“The Solicitor General of Canada may make a similar arrangement with an international court or tribunal,” the site stated. The S-G “must consent to the individual’s admittance into the program.”
Justice officials said immigration officials must also consent before a witness can be accepted.
“The RCMP’s role in such cases is to administer the agreement between the foreign country and its witness,” the site stated. “Witness protection in such cases is provided on a cost-recovery basis.”
The RCMP, foreign affairs and immigration officials refused to comment on the program on Monday.
A U.S. homeland security official also refused comment citing privacy concerns.
The RCMP in 2008 and 2009, spent $6.6 million on their witness protection program that only accepted 15 witnesses from 103 requests, according to government documents.
The bulk of the cash, $3,576,756, went to pay RCMP salaries. Expenses incurred by witnesses cost $1,327,649, administration fees came to $612,711 and travel costs amounted to $369,821.