MP Irwin Cotler says he was poisoned on Russia junket

Irwin Cotler, Liberal MP, is photographed speaking at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony at Ottawa...

Irwin Cotler, Liberal MP, is photographed speaking at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony at Ottawa City Hall on February 3, 2014. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 5:19 PM ET

 OTTAWA — There are whales, whoppers and nose-stretchers, so pick your poison when it comes to the story of Irwin Cotler's brush with Russian operatives.

The Liberal MP sprung the tale of how he was targeted after he and other officials and legislators were declared personas non grata by Russia this week.

He told the Huffington Post he has never spoken publicly about being poisoned in June 2006 while in Moscow on a parliamentary junket.

He said only family and friends were aware.

His office couldn't provide medical evidence Tuesday to verify his claims, nor could they say whether the RCMP or other security agencies were informed.

Cotler, a human rights activist who was expelled from Russia in 1979 after agitating on behalf of political prisoners, said he became violently ill after a meal.

He deduced that his food was spiked because his dining companion had the same dish, but didn't develop symptoms that included vomiting blood. He said


Videos

Photos