Omar Khadr back in Canada

- September 29th, 2012

I didn’t think it would happen before November 6, but evidently I can’t be right about everything. I guess the Feds figured they’d dragged their feet long enough.

OTTAWA – Convicted terrorist Omar Khadr is back in Canada.

Khadr landed at Canadian Forces Base Trenton at 7:40 a.m. (ET) Saturday after being transported from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, aboard a U.S. government aircraft, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews confirmed during a news conference in Winnipeg.

Khadr was then transported by to Millhaven Institution, a maximum security penitentiary in Bath, Ont.

“The remainder of his prison sentence will be administered by the Correctional Service of Canada,” Toews said.

“I am satisfied the Correctional Service of Canada can administer Omar Khadr’s sentence in a manner which recognizes the serious nature of the crimes that he has committed and ensure the safety of Canadians is protected during incarceration.Any decisions related to his future will be determined by the independent Parole Board of Canada in accordance with Canadian law.”

The 26-year-old Toronto native struck a plea deal in 2010 that saw him sentenced to eight years in prison for five war crimes, including killing U.S. Special Forces medic Christopher Speer 10 years ago in an Afghan firefight.

Khadr has been held at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay since 2002, following his capture during a firefight in Afghanistan. He was 15-years-old at the time.

During his 2010 trial, a diplomatic note between Canada and the U.S.indicated Canada was “inclined to favourably consider” his transfer from Guantanamo Bay to serve the balance of his sentence north of the border.

Still, signing off on his transfer to Canada was in Toews’ hands.

Khadr’s personal transfer application landed on the minister’s desk in March 2011 and Toews received the formal U.S. application in April.

Khadr’s lawyers have accused the Canadian government of dragging its feet on the Guantanamo Bay inmate’s repatriation.

So, how long before we charge him with high treason?

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  1. Jen says:

    The LPC, NDP, BLOC that hollowed each day for the return of omar khadr must be besides themselves with joy.
    CBC also joined in with the opposition in re-echoing the opposition parties concern.

    I wonder if any of them will demand a presence with omar khadr to wish him ‘happy returns.
    CBC most definitely will have an entourage of reporters at the place where omar khadr is at to ask their long lost son left behind in Gitmo prison by Jean Chretien; how he feels coming back and what he thinks of the cpc for not acting on his relief since 2002(liberal era but nobody knows that) so why not blame it on the cpc one time like they normally do.

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