Ottawa ditches mediation talks in $27 million Abdelrazik lawsuit

A sweeping $27 million lawsuit against the federal government brought by a Sudanese-Canadian who was detained overseas — and not allowed to return home for six years — is headed back to court, CBC News has learned.

The Justice Department had been involved in settlement talks with Abousfian Abdelrazik, but abruptly walked away from a recently scheduled mediation session, said the man’s lawyer.

“They said they could not provide us with any reasons,” said Paul Champ. “They were looking more at the polls than at their principles and, unfortunately, I think that’s probably why they withdrew.”