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A Canadian man’s life in purgatory

When you’re the lone Canadian blacklisted as a terrorist by the United Nations, everyday life has its constraints.

When you’re the lone Canadian blacklisted as a terrorist by the United Nations, everyday life has its constraints.

Abousfian Abdelrazik can’t board a plane or open a bank account. The Canadian government is liable to sanction anyone who gives him a job, or money, or even a present.

Being a suspected al-Qaida member hasn’t really helped his social life, either.

Abdelrazik expected better when a Federal Court judge cleared him to return to Canada last summer after six years in Sudan, which included two stints in prison and 14 months in the lobby of the Canadian embassy.

Despite his freedom, he remains a suspect in the eyes of the international community. “I still feel like I'm in a prison,” Abdelrazik says. “Even as I walk on the street, I feel isolated mentally from society.”

He says he’s consoled by the conviction that he's done nothing wrong.

The only other Canadian to have appeared on the terror list is Ahmed Said Khadr, the head of the Khadr family who died in 2003.

 
 
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