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jrootham
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posted 28 April 2008 05:51 AM      Profile for jrootham     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From the Globe.

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Abousfian Abdelrazik, a 46-year-old Sudanese Canadian fingered by CSIS as a terrorist suspect, has been marooned in Khartoum for nearly five years as successive Canadian governments have refused him a passport and thwarted other efforts to bring him home to his family in Montreal.

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posted 29 April 2008 05:20 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Perhaps if Abdelrazik were actually found guilty of some crime like Brenda Martin, he could get more public sympathy and Canadian government attention.
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Michelle
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posted 29 April 2008 05:21 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Or if he was, you know, white. Like Brenda Martin.
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pogge
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posted 29 April 2008 05:34 AM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Edited to remove the snark and leave the links to keep the thread on topic.

Family of Canadian stranded by no-fly list to make public appeal

Ottawa accused of abandoning Canadian in Sudan

'He's our father, we need him'

[ 29 April 2008: Message edited by: pogge ]


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pogge
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posted 29 April 2008 06:17 AM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From the story linked in the OP:

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CSIS documents marked "secret" and now in the possession of The Globe and Mail say Sudan imprisoned Mr. Abdelrazik "at our request."

And later:

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In August of 2003, shortly after his wife's return to Canada, Mr. Abdelrazik was arrested for the first time by Sudanese police. Officials who identified themselves as CSIS agents interrogated him in a Sudanese prison in December - asking about the same men he had been questioned over in Montreal.

The question I asked when I blogged the original story was: how many other cases are there like this?

We know that CSIS visited Syria while Arar was imprisoned there though they claim they were on other business. We know that CSIS questioned Khadr at Camp XRay. In this new case they apparently arranged for the arrest of a Canadian citizen by a foreign government and then, as in the Khadr case, let someone else soften the suspect up before questioning him. There's the ongoing inquiry into the detention of three others who claim that Canadian authorities were complicit in their arrests (but we have to wait for answers there because most of it is being conducted behind closed doors).

I believe the phrase that has currency these days is "outsourcing torture" and it looks like we're in the business.


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Le Téléspectateur
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posted 29 April 2008 06:41 AM      Profile for Le Téléspectateur     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Edited to remove the snark and leave the links to keep the thread on topic.

It's related. The Canadian government tortures innocent people who are not white and frees convicted criminals who are white. Then people on babble complain that I bring up race too much. This is what white supremacy looks like.


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Wilf Day
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posted 29 April 2008 06:53 AM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Fascinating study in public service ethics:
"I wish I had a magic wand and make this case go away ... I find it unethical to hold him like this in limbo with no future, no hope and all because ... Obviously I cannot address the issue of the no-fly list - are there volunteers?" Odette Gaudet-Fee, a senior Foreign Affairs official in Ottawa, wrote in an e-mail to David Hutchings, head of the Canadian embassy in Khartoum on July 13, 2005.
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"Today May 9th, 2005, he contacted the office of the Canadian Embassy quite upset. He wants to know what Canada is doing for him and he would like it in writing. He has talked about going to the media in the past but has not done it. I have the feeling that this is about to change. He has reached the end of his rope, he has no money, no future, very little freedom and no hope. Should this case break wide open in the media, we may have a lot to explaining to do. May I suggest having him returned to Canada escorted by two/three RCMP if necessary . . . then we can deal with him here in Canada," Ms. Gaudet-Fee wrote in May of 2005, only a few months after the government had been forced to launch an inquiry into the actions of Canadian officials in relation to Mr. Arar.

Dec. 16, 2005: In a cable marked secret, diplomats warn Ottawa that " further delay in this case risks the perception of complacency on the part of the Government should this case become public, especially given our repeated observations regarding Mr. Abdelrazikís increasingly desperate frame of mind."



Odette Gaudet-Fee cannot have been the only one who had a problem with the treatment of this man. She's just the only one whose name has surfaced.

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pogge
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posted 29 April 2008 11:32 AM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Montrealer takes refuge in Canadian embassy
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Abousfian Abdelrazik, the 46-year-old Sudanese Canadian fingered by CSIS as a terrorist suspect and currently stuck in legal limbo in Sudan, has been allowed to stay temporarily in the Canadian embassy in Sudan, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Awfully magnanimous of them. Now that there's been some publicity.

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Deepak Obhrai, the parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier, responded to every journalist's question on the issue Monday by saying he was unable to make any comment because of the Privacy Act.

For the fourth day, the Harper government also declined to answer written questions about why it has refused Mr. Abdelrazik a new passport. His previous Canadian passport expired while he was in a prison in Sudan.



He may be stranded in Sudan but he can rest assured that Maxime Bernier is on the job protecting his privacy!

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M. Spector
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posted 23 June 2008 09:24 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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In a telephone interview Monday, Mr. Abdelrazik said he told a Canadian diplomat he was being repeatedly beaten by Sudanese interrogators in 2004 or 2005. "He didn't care," Mr. Abdelrazik said.

Mr. Abdelrazik, who was to submit a sworn affidavit about his torture in Sudan to Federal Court in Ottawa Monday, confirmed all of the details in the draft document, including that he was interrogated by CSIS agents while in a Sudanese jail. However, the document remained unsigned because Canadian diplomats refused to deliver the faxed draft to Mr. Abdelrazik to sign.

Canadian government documents, which came to light in April, revealed he had been imprisoned in Sudan "at our request," meaning at the request of Canadian agents. Lawyers for Mr. Abdelrazik included that information in a filing on June 17.

In its response, delivered Monday, the Justice Department opted not to dispute the assertion that Mr. Abdelrazik had been imprisoned at Canada's request, in effect conceding the fact before the court.

The documents presented in court, coupled with Mr. Abdelrazik's accounts of torture, suggest Canada secretly arranged for Sudan to arrest and imprison him, then sent Canadian Security Intelligence Service agents to interrogate him in a Sudanese prison while diplomats knew that he was being tortured but ignored that fact.


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