MONTREAL (AP) -- A Canadian accused of being an al-Qaida operative who trained in Afghanistan has been removed from a U.N. Security Council terrorist blacklist.
Paul Champ, the lawyer for Abousfian Abdelrazik, said Wednesday his client was "ecstatic" to hear the news.
The Sudanese-born man, who was arrested but not charged during a 2003 visit to see his mother in Sudan, has already been formally cleared by Canadian authorities of terrorist allegations.
While he was behind bars in Sudan, Abdelrazik's passport expired. He subsequently lived in makeshift quarters at the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum.
In July 2006, the United States branded Abdelrazik a supporter of al-Qaida, and the United Nations added him to the U.N. Al-Qaida Sanctions List.
Abdelrazik has been trying to clear his name since late June 2009, when he returned to Canada.
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