NEWS
08/05/2011 12:43 EDT | Updated 10/05/2011 05:12 EDT

Adil Charkaoui, Abousfian Abdelrazik Alleged To Have Discussed Bombing Plane: CSIS Documents

MONTREAL - A newspaper is reporting it has obtained documents from Canada's spy agency alleging two Montreal men discussed detonating explosives on a flight to France.

Montreal's La Presse says Canadian Security Intelligence Service alleged Adil Charkaoui and Abousfian Abdelrazik discussed the plot in 2000.

Abdelrazik's lawyer, Paul Champ, tells The Canadian Press the allegations are recycled and a federal court has already concluded they are unfounded.

The timing of the report is particularly sensitive for Abdelrazik, who's trying to have his name removed from a UN terror watchlist.

The blacklist alleges he was an acquaintance of Osama bin Laden.

Champ says the UN is expected to make a decision on Abdelrazik's status by the end of the month.

Abdelrazik has already been formally cleared of terrorist allegations by CSIS and the RCMP.

La Presse says Charkaoui categorically denies the allegations.

The report says the information comes from a CSIS transcript of the alleged conversation, even though the spy agency would not comment on its authenticity due to security concerns. La Presse says the report was written in 2004.

The newspaper says the document indicates the men discussed a plan in the summer of 2000 to detonate explosives on an airliner during a flight from Montreal to France.

Authorities have alleged the Montreal men have had links to terrorism. Both men have been waging public battles to clear their names.

Charkaoui was arrested in 2003 under a national security certificate for suspected terrorist links. He was set free in 2009 after the case collapsed and the certificate was quashed.

Both Abdelrazik and Charkaoui have launched separate multimillion-dollar lawsuits against the Canadian government.