Lawyers for Omar Khadr accuse the Conservative government of dragging its feet.
OTTAWA - Omar Khadr’s legal team said the convicted terrorist is just “a good kid” who’s renounced his jihadist past and wants to come home.
His lawyers are accusing the feds of stonewalling the repatriation process eight months after their client became eligible to be returned to Canada from the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he’s been since 2002.
They also say the Conservative government is ignoring increased grumbling from Washington over its perceived foot-dragging.
John Norris, one of Khadr’s Canadian representatives, said Thursday during a news conference it’s “a mystery” why Canada hasn’t signed off on the transfer yet.
Norris was flanked by Lt.-Col. Jon Jackson, the rest of Khadr’s Canadian and American four-man legal team, and Liberal Sen. Romeo Dallaire.
Jackson, his U.S. legal counsel, described Khadr as “a good kid” who “deserves a chance at life.”
So did Omar Khadr’s victim, Sgt Christopher Speer. But he didn’t get it. Khadr can rot where he is, as far as I’m concerned.
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