Canada needs to rethink hostage policy
Extremists who beheaded two Canadians in the Philippines this week freed a Norwegian for whom a ransom was paid.
Justice Frank Iacobucci, pictured speaking to reporters in 2008, wrote in a report into the treatment of three Canadians unlawfully detained and tortured: 'Several witnesses from both CSIS and the RCMP, told the inquiry that it was not the responsibility of intelligence or law enforcement officials to be concerned about the human rights of a Canadian detainee, which were for [the foreign ministry] alone to consider. This approach, is not, in my opinion, satisfactory.' The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster