Canadian seeks to clear his name, pursue justice

A Montreal man who returned home last month after a six-year exile in Sudan says he wants those behind his ordeal brought to justice.

Abousfian Abdelrazik goes through the metal detector as he arrives at Federal Court for a routine appearance in Montreal Tuesday.

MONTREAL — A Montreal man who returned home last month after a six-year exile in Sudan says he wants those behind his ordeal brought to justice.

Abousfian Abdelrazik says he wants to clear his name and make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to any other Canadian citizen.

Abdelrazik appeared briefly in Federal Court today to prove to the judge he made it back to Canada.

His name remains on a UN terror watch list, even though neither the RCMP nor CSIS has information linking him to criminal activities.

The UN Security Council alleges Abdelrazik has close ties to senior members of al-Qaida, including Osama bin Laden.

In 2003, Abdelrazik was visiting his ailing mother in Sudan when he was arrested by local authorities for his alleged connections to terrorism.

After Sudanese officials released him for lack of evidence, he was stranded in the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum for over a year.

The Canadian government denied Abdelrazik’s requests for an emergency passport that would have allowed him to return to Canada.

Last month, a Federal Court justice ordered his return within 30 days after ruling that Ottawa breached the 47-year-old father’s constitutional rights.

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