MONTREAL – Abousfian Abdelrazik, a.k.a. “Djolaiba the Sudanese” on the United Nations list of al-Qaida operatives, sits in the back seat of the car on the way to the border, recalling the 14 months he spent living in the Canadian embassy’s bathroom in Khartoum.

Every night he would haul a deck chair from the poolside into the bathroom to sleep on. In the morning he would have to make himself scarce when other visitors arrived, wandering the grounds aimlessly, though never venturing beyond the embassy’s walls. He didn’t want to be arrested a third time.

After 21 months in prison in Sudan, where he was repeatedly beaten and tortured, and interrogated by the national security services of Canada, the U.S., Sudan and France, the confined space of the embassy seemed expansive. (More)


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