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Montreal Gazette, Saturday, March 14, 2009

And another thing...
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Doing the right thing

More than 100 Canadians risked up to 10 years in jail each by raising enough money to fly Abousfian Abdelrazik home from Sudan, where he has been a virtual prisoner in the Canadian embassy for about a year.

In spite of the fact that he has never been charged with a crime, Abdelrazik, a Canadian citizen, remains on the United Nations terror list at the request of the United States. Canada's sweeping anti-terror laws forbid Canadians to give money to anyone on the terror list.

But the donors have done the right thing, making up in some small measure for the disgraceful behaviour of the Canadian government that seems to have thrown up every obstacle it could think of to block Abdelrazik's return to Canada.

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