It seems the lesson our government took to heart from the Arar inquiry is to work as hard as possible to keep similar cases out of sight.
It all started in the spring of 2003 when Mr. Abdelrazik flew to Sudan to visit his ill mother. He travelled on his Canadian passport and had no difficulty getting on flights leaving Canada, despite CSIS's long-standing interest in him. His wife and their children joined him for several months that summer. In an interview, she tells of flying back to Montreal, sick and with an infant son, only to be detained at Montreal's airport, interrogated for hours and denied access to a toilet or even allowed to sit down.
Mr. Abdelrazik is still in Sudan. While Canadian government officials tell him to his face that they are trying to get him home to his wife and children, they work behind the scenes to leave him stranded in Khartoum and to keep the situation quiet (until now).
Abdelrazik is a Canadian citizen. He's been arrested and imprisoned in Sudan twice but, in the end, he's been released because Sudan has nothing to charge him with. The Sudanese government has cleared him of any wrongdoing and all Canada has against him is claims by CSIS that he's a terrorist. Of course we don't know the basis for those claims beyond guilt by association because CSIS, true to form, has redacted anything that might be relevant in the documents that the Globe and Mail got hold of to form the basis of this story. As with the case of Maher Arar, it appears they want to keep him from returning to Canada precisely because they have no proof of wrongdoing sufficient to warrant charging him.
May we have another inquiry, please? Perhaps this time they can investigate just how many cases like this there are.
Hat-tip to jrootham at babble.