Abousfian Abdelrazik watch

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[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-not-required-to-upda... Canadian government takes the position that it isn't obliged to correct false information about Canadians on the UN's terrorist blacklist.[/url]

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

Another great article by Paul Koring...

Home at last, but not yet free

He can't open a bank account. He can't get a job. It's a crime to give him anything. Some former friends shun him, fearing they too will be hounded and followed by anti-terrorism agents.

Canadian law, written to give domestic clout to the UN Security Council's asset freeze and travel ban for those on the list, makes it a crime to give him money or pay him to work. (Those who paid his ticket home may be lawbreakers.) Any assets he has must be seized. Banks must report him if he tries to open an account or deposit money.

And, as the link in the previous post illustrates, Harper, Cannon, and Nicholson feel no necessity to clear his name off of the 1267 list. 

Perhaps the thinking is that if he that as long as he is listed as a suspected terrorist, suing the government is much more difficult.

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

It's a day late and a dollar short, but Irwin Cotler, former Liberal Justice Minister finally mentioned Abousfian Abdelrazik in the House of Commons. It was under Cotler's watch that Abdelrazik was initially detained, though Cotler probably had little to do with it at the time.

Hansard Debates, Sept 27

Cotler's remarks about recent court rulings against the government are on the mark.  This conservative government has behaved horribly against certain Canadians citizens, and appears manifestly racist in this behavior. There is no good explanation for this.

Cotler calls for a judical inquiry to get at the truth.

Deepak Obhrai, Parlimentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (ooh, la-di-da), serves up the standard slop on how this all started under the Liberals, and that the government cannot comment on a matter that is before the courts

Lawrence Cannon, current Minister of Foreign Affairs, says nothing, probably because he already has 3 lawsuits to deal with and does not want more.  He is a leading contender for the "loose cannon on deck" award. If such an award does not exit, now is the time.

Last week Cannon was in Libya, repairing the damage he caused when he mouthed off about giving Muammar al-Gaddafi a lecture if the Libyan leader camped overnight in Newfoundland. Caused a bit of a problem, eh?

What was it like to eat crow, Mr. Cannon? I've heard Libyan crow is pretty tough to swallow.


[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ottawa-rejects-abdelrazik-clai... rejects Abdelrazik claim that CSIS knew he faced torture[/url]


Even if he was thrown in prison in Sudan at the request of Canadian agents, Abousfian Abdelrazik has no case against the federal government because Canadian law does not protect him overseas, Justice Department lawyers claim.

Despite a Federal Court ruling that it violated his rights by barring his return to Canada for years, the government considers a lawsuit brought by Mr. Abdelrazik mostly frivolous - and rejects his claim that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service knew he would be abused and tortured in Sudan's notorious prisons when it had him arrested in 2003.


[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/abdelraziks-bank-account-fr...'s bank account frozen[/url]

A bank account belonging to Abousfian Abdelrazik, the Canadian citizen ordered repatriated last year by a federal court judge who ruled the government had trampled on his constitutional rights, has been frozen. [...]

Canadian law also makes it a crime to employ Mr. Abdelrazik, who returned to Montreal last June under armed RCMP escort after a federal court judge ruled the government couldn’t deny him the right to return home.



"Federal regulations require banks and other financial institutions to freeze accounts of anyone on the UN Security Council terrorist blacklist."


UN Security Council? Same "guy" to whom the US gave the middle finger and invaded Iraq? I doubt the Council is expecting the assets of Bush Jr and his NeoCon mafia to be frozen.

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

This truly is persecution of a Canadian citizen by his own government, to please their masters in the Imperial Court at Washington DC. Shame on Canada.

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

Hey Unionist, thanks for the posts. I've been slacking.

Recently, on Dawg's blawg ...


Abousfian Abdelrazik's life savings--$10,000, a bequest from his late wife--has been effectively seized by the federal government under Canada's infamous United Nations Act. A citizen added to the UN's "1267" list is, under Canadian law, forbidden to work, receive support of any kind, or have a bank account.

This targeting of a fellow-citizen by a vengeful government cannot stand. Decent citizens must act, and we have the opportunity to do so on April 28.

"Project Fly Home" was the name of the initiative taken by a number of citizens to purchase a ticket back to Canada for Abdelrazik--an illegal act. Organizers have now begun a serious sanctions-busting campaign on his behalf.


Check it out!