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  • March 23, 2003: Abousfian Abdelrazik arrives in Khartoum from Montreal, travelling on his Canadian passport to visit his ailing mother.
  • August, 2003: He is arrested by Sudanese secret police, apparently at the request of Western security agencies - some Canadian documents say "at our request."
  • 2004: He is put on the "no fly" list by the Bush administration.
  • July, 2004: Released after 11 months in prison, he is expected to fly home to Canada with a Lufthansa-Air Canada ticket paid for by his family. A Canadian diplomat is to escort him on temporary travel papers, as his passport expired while he was in prison.
  • July 23, 2004: Mr. Abdelrazik's flight home is scrapped at the last minute when Air Canada and Lufthansa refuse to carry him on the grounds that he has been added to the U.S. no-fly list.
  • 2004: Canada assures Mr. Abdelrazik that, as are all Canadians, he is entitled to emergency travel documents to return home, if he can arrange transportation.
  • October, 2005: Mr. Abdelrazik is rearrested and denied Canadian consular access.
  • July 20, 2006: He is released from prison after 10 months, and the Sudanese say they cannot hold an "innocent" man. In a message to Ottawa, a Canadian diplomat says Mr. Abdelrazik "appears to be a broken man," but Ottawa tells diplomats to tell Mr. Abdelrazik they won't give him a passport or travel documents to go home.
  • July 23, 2006: He is formally designated a terrorist by the Bush administration. "for his high-level ties to and support for the al-Qaeda."
  • July 31, 2006: He is added to UN Security Council terrorist blacklist, nominated by the U.S.
  • April 29, 2008: Mr. Abdelrazik is granted "temporary safe haven" in the Canadian embassy in Khartoum to protect him from the risk of reimprisonment in Sudan.
  • Sept. 15, 2008: Etihad Airlines agrees to fly him home, but the government reneges on its 2004 promise to give him emergency travel documents if he can arrange transport home.
  • Dec. 23, 2008: Passport Canada adds a new condition: A fully paid-for ticket, not just a confirmed reservation, must be presented before Mr. Abdelrazik will be issued emergency travel documents. The government, however, says it must seize his assets because he is on terrorist watch lists, and anyone who gives him money is committing a crime.
  • March 12: 2009: More than 100 Canadians chip in airfare to buy Mr. Abdelrazik a ticket home, on a flight scheduled for April 3.
  • March 29: 2009: Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon says Mr. Abdelrazik should get himself off the UN terrorist blacklist if he wants to come home.
  • April 3, 2009: Mr. Cannon labels Mr. Abdelrazik a threat to Canada and uses ministerial privilege to deny him a passport, hours before he's to get on a plane home.
  • April 12, 2009: Canada says that every country Mr. Abdelrazik might fly over on the way home from Khartoum needs to give permission because of the UN travel ban.
  • May 27, 2009: Supporters book Mr. Abdelrazik another flight to return to Canada, for June 12.
  • June 4, 2009: A Federal Court judge orders the Harper government to issue Mr. Abdelrazik an emergency passport, make travel arrangements within 15 days and get him home within 30 days, requiring that he appear before the court no later than July 7.
  • June 18, 2009: The government says it will comply with court orders to bring Mr. Abdelrazik home.

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