Csis officials obstructed efforts to secure his release
In September 2003, Canadian citizen Abousfian Abdelrazik was arrested in Sudan, while he was back in the country visiting his ailing mother. Over the next three years he was imprisoned for nearly 20 months and was held under house arrest for 12 months. He was denied a lawyer, and was never charged or brought before a judge. There were lengthy periods when he had no family or consular visits. During that time he was badly tortured in three different prisons.
The record makes it clear that there is extensive Canadian responsibility, particularly on the part of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) – for these grave human rights violations. Not only did Canada fail to take steps to protect him; CSIS officials frequently obstructed efforts to secure his release. Those actions prolonged his detention, with no concern for the obvious risk of mistreatment he was facing.