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‘The facts … do not support such an inference’


 

An official response from foreign affairs to the Globe’s latest report on Abousfian Abdelrazik’s exile.

The inference drawn in today’s Globe and Mail article is not supportable and is in fact irresponsible. There was no such offer, as was suggested in the reporter’s questions. Despite DFAIT’s unequivocal statement to that effect in our response to the Globe and Mail reporter, this conjecture was reported as fact.

We reject the premise of the reporter’s question and the inferences he drew in the subsequent article.

Furthermore,  the facts of this case do not support such an inference. Mr Abdelrazik was released from custody in Sudan in July 2006, despite his inability to return to Canada at that time.

Following his release, he lived openly and at large in Sudan with his family, during which time he remarried and had a child.


 

‘The facts … do not support such an inference’

  1. Wow. I had no idea that Abdelrazik was released from custody in July 2006, and "following his release, he lived openly and at large in Sudan with his family, during which time he remarried and had a child."

    • CR. I don't believe I've ever heard that before myself. Trying to sort out if it's been reported previously.

  2. I thought he'd been sleeping on a couch in the lobby of our embassy for years. At least that's what I recalled consistently reading. Hardly a living arrangement conducive to courting a lady, marrying her and having a child. If he did manage it though, kudos to you, Abousfian. Well done.

    • I'm as puzzled as you are, BCIT, but according to wiki:

      -He was released in July 2004, then re-arrested in November 2005, and finally released again in July 2006.

      -Out of fears for his safety in the wake of recent media articles about him, on 28 April 2008, Abdelrazik took refuge in the Canadian embassy in Sudan, a situation the Canadian government described as "temporary". Abdelrazik also brought a legal suit against the Canadian government, seeking his return.

      He must have been married at some point between July 2006 and April 2008.

  3. I'm sorry but I fail to understand why his second marriage while in Sudan has any bearings on this matter.

    Am I missing something?

    • If anything, that should only strengthen his case for Government intervention!

  4. Where does this official response come from?

  5. Regardless of the timeline, the redacted government document sourced in the Paul Koring article is plenty damning enough of the Conservatives. Yet another indicator of their incompetence and/or lack of compassion.

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