Human rights terrorism lawsuit targets Canadian Government

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – In Canada, it can be tricky and frustrating to sue the government for negligence in an international human rights case.

But one Canadian and his remarkable legal battle have already begun changing the odds for plaintiffs in this type of dispute.

Abousfian Abdelrazik is moving forward with his lawsuit to seek $27 million in damages from the Canadian government, after he was allegedly held and tortured in Sudan. He claims the government did not do enough to protect him while he was there.

Abdelrazik, originally a Sudanese refugee, went back to visit the country in 2003. He was placed on a United Nations no-fly list due to suspected terrorism links – a move he claims was orchestrated by the Canadian government – and held there for more than five years, spending time in Sudanese prisons and 14 months living at the Canadian embassy in Khartoum.

As Abdelrazik’s struggle continues, the lawyers at our firm and many others are awaiting the outcome with great interest.  After all, the case is already a historical one – it’s the first time a federal court has agreed to make Canada’s government legally accountable in a case of alleged foreign torture.

Paul Champ, the lawyer representing Abdelrazik in this legal case, is a recognized expert in cases involving human rights, torture, detainment, and other related legal areas. His Champ & Associates web site offers helpful resources and media articles on these subjects.

Have you recently become involved in an Ontario terrorism or extradition case? An experienced and reputable criminal defence lawyer can help provide the answers and assistance you need. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the Ottawa lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by phone (613) 233-4529 or by email [email protected].

Terrorism Law, Charges and Defence Lawyers in Canada: Some Helpful Facts

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – With recent news headlines focusing on large-scale Ontario terrorism sweeps – and the bulk of those investigations focused on Ottawa – it’s a good time to learn some of the basics of Canadian terrorism law.

The Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth specialize in terrorism cases, and we’ve just uploaded a helpful new article on the subject: Terrorism Law in Canada and Understanding Terrorism Charges.

Now more than ever, this is a timely issue. New developments are surfacing in the recent “Operation Samosa” case, in which four Ontario residents – including Ottawa residents – were arrested for facilitating, participating, conspiring and possessing harmful property in connection with a terrorist activity.

As the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the RCMP, and other investigative bodies become more focused on containing terrorist threats, there is also a growing need to defend those wrongfully accused. There are very specific guidelines constituting “terrorist activity” and “terrorist” group contained within the Criminal Code of Canada, and some of the activities constituting terrorism offences can be difficult to prove in court. You can find more information on terrorism charges and offences in our newest article, or have a look at the Criminal Code for yourself.

If you’ve been contacted by CSIS, the RCMP, or another government organization concerning your possible involvement with a terrorist group or activity, the first thing to do is contact an experienced defence lawyer who understands terrorism cases. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact an Ottawa criminal defence lawyer at Auger Hollingsworth by phone (613) 233-4529 or by email [email protected].