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Government Tuesday: Mediation Sessions and Canadian Citizenship

government tuesday: Champ accused the government Tuesday of shelving the prospect of a resolution with Abdelrazik over political blowback from a multimillion-dollar settlement in a lawsuit filed by Toronto-born Omar Khadr, according to The Chronicle Herald. Abdelrazik, 56, came from Africa as a refugee in 1990 and attained Canadian citizenship five years later. The federal government recently nixed the planned mediation sessions in the case of Abousfian Abdelrazik just before they were to begin, said lawyer Paul Champ, who has fought on behalf of his client for years. He was arrested, but not charged, during a 2003 visit to see his ailing mother in Sudan. Abdelrazik claims he was tortured by Sudanese intelligence officials during two periods of detention, but Canada says it knew nothing of the alleged abuse. While in Sudanese custody, he was interrogated by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service about suspected extremist links. ( As reported in the news.