Punishment without trial – Abousfian Abdelrazik in an interview with the Globe’s Paul Koring in Montreal in 2009. The Globe and Mail Abousfian Abdelrazik is a Canadian citizen who is subject to a United Nations blacklist that would do Franz Kafka proud
Editorial from The Globe and Mail
Abousfian Abdelrazik is a Canadian citizen who is subject to a United Nations blacklist that would do Franz Kafka proud. He is a free man living in a free country with no charges against him in any public tribunal – but he can’t work because it is a criminal offence under Canadian law to pay him money, as long as he is on the blacklist of those suspected of al-Qaeda links. His assets are frozen by the Canadian government, because of that list.
Mr. Abdelrazik is challenging the constitutionality of Canadian regulations that make a prison of his life. No matter whether he has links to al-Qaeda or not – his past is murky – he has a strong case to make.
Let us not speak of a lack of due process. There is no process at all. Like others on the list, Mr. Abdelrazik received no notice of charges. He received no hearing. He had no opportunity to present evidence of his innocence. Any member of the UN Security Council may put a person on the list of the 1267 Committee, named for resolution 1267 in 1999. Suspicion is enough to cast him into legal oblivion for life.
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