Just when I thought that things were getting boring in the Canadian “legal land” after the ridiculous lawsuit for $45 million filed by a woman arrested during the G-20 riots, something just as ridiculous came up. On September 1st it was announced that a Sudanese Muslim was allowed by the Federal Court to sue the federal government and the Foreign Affairs Minister for $27 million. Abousfian Abdelrazik is demanding that amount because the accused allegedly violated his right to freedom and security.
Abdelrazik (a Canadian citizen since 1995) was stranded in Sudan for 6 years, where he went in 2003. Shortly after his arrival he was arrested by the Sudanese government and spent 11 months in a local jail. After his release, he was arrested again and spent another 9 months in jail. He claims that he was tortured while imprisoned. During his imprisonment his Canadian passport expired and later he found out that he was put on the UN no-fly list, so he wasn’t able to travel.
Because of that situation he had no other choice but to live at the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum. He stayed there until 2009 when a judge ordered the Canadian government to provide Abdelrazik with traveling documents.
When digging deeper into his background, we can find out that he came to Canada in 1990 as a refugee after he was allegedly arrested in Sudan for his political views. He never worked a regular job in Canada, all he did was to travel to different Islamic countries in the world as a “Muslim Healer” (what is that?!) although he was trained as a machinist and didn’t have medical training. Allegedly, his trips were financed by some Canadian Muslims. He also knew Ahmed Ressam (“The Millennium Bomber”) so well that he was even required to testify at his trial. Both men met at the Montreal’s Assuna Annabawiah mosque, which is considered a centre of Islamic extremism.
Hopefully, if the case goes to trial, the government lawyers will have the opportunity to examine closely his “unusual” background and sort out the scary parts.
Even though we are not in court, after seeing the facts we can’t help but ask some questions. Abdelrazik went back to Sudan despite the fact that he came to Canada supposedly to avoid persecution. Nothing has changed in that country since 1990, the same Muslim fanatics are in power and the Canadian government still advises strongly against traveling there. Why did he go?
In many tyrannical countries of the world a person born there is always considered a fair game for arrest and torture, despite any new citizenship that he or she may have obtained. It is naïve to think that Abdelrazik wasn’t aware of that.
That situation is beyond despicable. There are hundreds of thousands of people who take Canadian citizenship just for the ease of travel then go to dangerous countries (or the countries where they came from) and at the first sign of danger they expect the Canadian government to bail them out. Does anybody remember the thousands of Lebanese “Canadians” who spent years far away from Canada and demanded to be brought back at government expense immediately after they were in danger? And that help cost the Canadian taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
If you go voluntarily to a foreign country and get arrested and tortured, isn’t it logical to sue the local government? In this situation, Abdelrazik should have filed the lawsuit in Sudan, but everybody knows that in the best case he will be laughed out of the court and the worst, he would be most likely killed. So, naturally he and his lawyer chose Canada as the easiest target to get money from, although our country has nothing to do with his torture.
And he wants $27 million, despite the fact that he never held a job and didn’t lose any wages.
The most horrible thing here is that, according to his lawyer, this ruling will open the way for everybody else to sue Canada for being tortured abroad.
Every idiot who suffers in a foreign country due to his stupidity and carelessness can now make millions of dollars by stealing them legally from the Canadian taxpayers. Isn’t that great? How long would it take to bankrupt our country through such frivolous lawsuits?
It’s a sad, sad world…