Abdelrazik Returns to Canada After Six Years of Exile in Sudan

Abousfian Abdelrazik ended six years in exile in Sudan, where he faced torture at the hands of Sudanese authorities, several thwarted attempts to return and spent over a year stranded at the Canadian embassy in Khartoum. Mr. Abdelrazik was born in Sudan but fled the country in 1990. He received refugee status in Canada in 1992 and Canadian citizenship in 1995. In 2003, Mr. Abdelrazik traveled back to the country to visit his ailing mother. He was repeatedly imprisoned by Sudanese authorities and tried to return to Canada several times but was denied a passport because he was put on a United Nations no-fly list at the request of the United States.

Both CSIS and the RCMP have said publicly that they have no evidence that Mr. Abdelrazik has been involved in terrorist activities.

Canada denies passport to citizen in the Sudan on no-fly list

Supporters of Abousfian Abdelrazik — a Canadian citizen blacklisted as a terrorist and stranded in Sudan — accused the federal Conservative government of racism for refusing to issue him an emergency passport to fly home to Montreal.

Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon considers Abdelrazik a national security threat. The refusal represents a reversal of the government’s written promise to issue Abdelrazik an emergency passport if he had a paid-for ticket home.

Abdelrazik remains stranded in the lobby of the Canadian embassy in Khartoum, where he has lived for nearly 11 months. Abdelrazik was added to the list in 2006 by the Bush administration. He has been cleared of any terrorist or criminal involvement by both the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service).

The news has also created controversy in the House of Commons. “The government is now in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” said Liberal MP Irwin Cotler.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Search for Quebec Man who Urges al-Qaeda attack on Canada

Counterrorrist officials in the province of Quebec are searching for a man who has posted messages on the Internet forum called Minbarsos encouraging al-Qaeda to attack Canada. Under the pseudonym of Altar, the man wrote on September 25th, “the Canadian government supports the Americans. The government of Canada supports Israel. Canadian soldiers are sent to Afghanistan and Iraq. Now it’s Canada’s turn.”

The RCMP arrested a Moroccan man in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec last September for allegedly posting messages on the Web threatening terror attacks in Germany and Austria.

A similar case is reported by the Globe and Mail of a Tunisian man, Abderraouf Jdey, who received his Canadian citizenship in 1995, and is believed to have left Canada in November 2001. The U.S. government posted a $5-million reward for his capture after a martyrdom letter and video messages from him were found in the Kabul home of Osama bin Laden’s military lieutenant.

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Probe into Maher Arar Torture Case Closed

Canadian federal police (the RCMP, Royal Canadian Mounted Police), has closed its investigation into the source of the damaging leaks to the media about Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen deported to Syria by U.S. officials because of false allegations of terrorism. This statement marks the end of a five-year criminal investigation to examine how inaccurate information claiming Arar was an Islamic extremist was leaked by government sources to the media. The source of the leak could not be determined. In 2007, Arar received $10.5 million CAD in compensation from the Canadian government. The U.S. government has not apologized and keeps his name on a security watch list.

In an interview with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), former RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli stated that in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, the Bush administration “threw out the rule book” when it came to cooperating with its allies.

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Toronto 18 Terrorist Informant Requests More Money from Canadian Police and Spy Agency

Mubin Shaikh, Canada’s most famous informant and the public face of the country’s largest-ever terrorism trial, is asking the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for more compensation. Initially Shaikh was awarded $300,000 CA to spy on the Toronto 18 and testify against them. He has insisted that money was never his motivation: I didn’t do it for the money. I’m not going to negotiate with the lives of Canadians. Shaikh is now requesting an additional $2.4 million raise, for which he promises there will be no more media interviews, no more drug use, no book or movie deals. The 32 year-old married father of five also pledges to aggressively defend the evidence and vocally support the role of the agencies involved. This is his second request for more compensation. Shaikh claims that his life has changed dramatically since his involvement and that he also needs better protection against his detractors.

Crown Closes its Case Against 20-year-old Man Among the Toronto 18 Alleged Terrorists

Judge John Sproat is expected to hear closing arguments from the Crown and the defense next week before he announces his verdict, which could be weeks or months away. Both sides are to give closing arguments next week on the 20-year-old training-camp participant at the centre of Canada’s first terror trial. The Crown has portrayed the youth as a promising and obedient rookie, while the defense has claimed he was a na_ve. Some questions have also been placed on the integrity of the police informant, Mubin Shaikh, paid $300,000 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to infiltrate the alleged terrorist cell.