Human-rights groups and opposition MPs demanded yesterday that the Harper government repatriate Abousfian Abdelrazik, the Canadian labelled an al-Qaeda threat but now sheltered in the “temporary safe haven” of the Canadian embassy in Khartoum.
Bring him home and charge him in Canada if he is a terrorist, the Harper government was told.
“Get him out of there and bring him home now,” said the NDP’s foreign affairs critic, Paul Dewar.
“If there are allegations against Mr. Abdelrazik, charges should be laid and he should be tried in Canada,” said Ihsaan Gardee, a spokesman for the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Roch Tassé, co-ordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, which represents more than a dozen rights groups across Canada, said Mr. Abdelrazik’s plight – left in a foreign prison and then involuntary exile for nearly five years by successive Canadian governments that denied him a passport – echoes that of Maher Arar, the Canadian falsely fingered by the RCMP as a terrorism suspect and later shipped by the United States to Syria where he was tortured in prison. (MORE)