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Supreme Court to rule in Harkat case

The fate of Mohamed Harkat, the man suspected of having ties to terrorism, will finally become clearer Wednesday morning when the Supreme Court of Canada issues a long-awaited ruling in the terror suspect's case.

Canada's top court will decide if the certificate system can be used to detain and remove non-citizens suspected of involvement in extremism or espionage from the country without allowing them to see the all evidence against them.

Harkat, who came to Canada in 1995, has been arguing the constitutionality of the security certificate system used to take him into custody in 2002 on accusations of being an al-Qaida sleeper agent.

He was finally released from prison in 2006 on strict bail conditions. The federal government revised his security certificate in 2008, after the system was overhauled to make it more fair.

Harkat lives in Ottawa with his wife, Sophie, who told CFRA they're hoping the ruling will let them finally get on with their lives.

"It's been unfair to my family and to us to always have to wait and postpone and delay because we don't know when things are coming out and because we're not sure when our next court date is," she said. "It would be nice to kind of have a normal life and get back to a regular schedule."

She said a ruling in their favour would finally settle the issue of deportation.

Harkat has argued that if he is sent back to his native Algeria he would be tortured or killed.

"The ultimate goal of this would be for Mo to clear his name," said Sophie. "That's what we've been asking and that's what we wanted from the beginning - for the truth to come out, to get a fair trial and for Mo to be able to clear his name."

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