Welcome back Khadr – Canada’s most famous terrorist returns

- September 29th, 2012

UPDATED WITH NDP STATEMENT BELOW

It’s official, Omar Khadr, Canada’s most famous terrorist is back in Canada.

Cant’ say I’m happy about this but we knew it was coming. Now the question is how long will he spend in a Canadian jail before he is set free?


Here is the statement from Public Safety Minister Vic Toews

Good morning. I will be making a short statement.

Early this morning, convicted terrorist Omar Khadr was transferred to Canadian authorities at CFB Trenton.

This was done pursuant to a decision I made earlier this week.

He arrived at 07:40 ET aboard a U.S. Government aircraft travelling from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He has been transferred from CFB Trenton to Millhaven maximum security prison at Bath, Ontario.

Omar Khadr is a known supporter of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network and a convicted terrorist.

He pleaded guilty to the murder of Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer, an American Army medic, who was mortally wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan on July 27, 2002 and died on August 6, 2002.

Omar Khadr also pleaded guilty to:
• Providing material support for terrorism;
• Attempted murder in violation of the law of war;
• Conspiracy and spying

Omar Khadr was born in Canada and is a Canadian citizen. As a Canadian citizen, he has a right to enter Canada after the completion of his sentence.

This transfer occurs following a process initiated by the United States Government and determined in accordance with Canadian law.

The remainder of his prison sentence will be administered by the Correctional Service of Canada.

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.

Thank you.

Here is the statement from Liberal Leader Bob Rae

Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on the Repatriation of Omar Khadr

OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the repatriation of Omar Khadr:

“Omar Khadr’s return to Canada is long overdue. Mr. Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was a child soldier. It is extremely unfortunate that it took the Conservative government this long to fulfil its responsibility to bring him back to Canada.

Now Mr. Khadr will serve the remainder of his sentence under the supervision of the Canadian correctional system, and we can ensure that he receives proper treatment and rehabilitation.”

UPDATE
The NDP has issued a statement welcoming Khadr back as well

STATEMENT FROM FOREIGN AFFAIRS CRITIC PAUL DEWAR AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CRITIC WAYNE MARSTON ON THE REPATRIATION OF OMAR KHADR

Today, the Conservatives ended nearly a decade of unnecessary delays and allowed Omar Khadr to serve out the remainder of his sentence in Canada. Canada is the last Western country to repatriate their citizens from the discredited Guantanamo prison system.

Mr. Khadr’s return to Canada was inevitable, yet the Conservatives chose to drag this process out for years at great cost to taxpayers. Their mishandling has hurt our relationship with the United States, our closest ally, and tarnished Canada’s reputation on the international stage.

Both the Supreme Court of Canada and the U.S. Supreme Court, based on the full facts of this case, have found that the military commission proceedings in Guantanamo violated both U.S. domestic law and Canada’s international human rights obligations.

Conservatives have previously faced court judgments against them for their mishandling of the case and failure to respect human rights.

The government should now allow Mr. Khadr to be handled by Canadian authorities in accordance with Canadian law, free from interference.

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23 comments

  1. Les Irvine says:

    If Bob Rae likes Kadr so much why not have Bob Rae take him home with him? We could insist and picket his riding office. Has he no shame?

  2. Barb R says:

    Mr. Rae, why didn’t the Liberal government bring him “home” when they were in power? Was your government also negligent in fulfilling its responsibility?

    Yeah, that’s what I thought.

    Oh, and by the way, I would like to personally thank YOUR government for allowing the Al Qaeda-Canadian Khadr family to return to Canada when their jihad didn’t quite turn out the way they planned. And thanks also to your Liberal government for providing the Al Qaeda-Canadian Khadr family social assistance and welfare so they could regroup, make new plans, and return to Afghanistan so that wee little Omar could continue his training in bomb and IED making. How many of those weapons were used to kill Canadian soldiers? I guess we’ll never know.

  3. A. Lariviere says:

    Bob Rae. What an incredible loser.

  4. True says:

    Rehabilitation? Is Bob Rae insane?

  5. Vardit says:

    Memo to Bob Rae: So you think Khadr’s return to Canada is long overdue, eh? Let me tell you something. My safety in Canada does not have a due date or an expiry date!!!

  6. William Morgan says:

    Gitmo releases have only served to bolster terrorists ranks. Most have returned to a more radicalized ideology and become poster boys for the cause. Khadr will serve as a living testament to further indoctrination in Canada. The martyr that’s not quite yet a martyr.
    The Canadian criminal code could possibly brand him as a dangerous offender and detain him indefinitely. Two problems with that: One is that endless protests for his release and his growing following. The other is our endless pocket of taxpayer monies to keep him. A lose – lose situation.
    This entire fiasco could have been avoided by one American soldier firing one American bullet so long ago. Pity.

  7. Alain says:

    Knowing how the CSC and National Parole Board work, Kadhr will likely be out shortly to return to terrorism. When that happens his supporters should be charged with aiding and abetting, but I know it will just be the usual silence unless they can blame the PM.

  8. Ron says:

    Incredible statement by Mr. Rae. Its sad that Khadr had to come”home”.
    I hope Khadr has a long stay in Millhaven, maybe let him in to the general population to meet some nice white supremacist.
    Bob Rae should have a little history lesson of eighty years ago when politicians appeased a small group of extremist called the Nazi party,and look how that turned out.

  9. Bandrig says:

    The real terrorists are still free! while the victims of media frenzy languish.

    Welcome home Mr Khadr.

  10. Jen says:

    Jean Chretien went to Pakistan on business and while there he asked for the release of Omar Khadr’s father who then returned but not for long.
    Mrs Khadr upon losing her husband and with a son who was born in Canada was seriously injured and need of medical care asked the fed government liberals to help her return to canada by issuig her passports and plane fares even after she made a vow to keep her sons in Al qaeda.

    Yet it is this conservative government that are facing what the liberals created and allowed in the first place. They, cpc, are blamed for leaving Khadr in Gitmo prisoners throughout those years and when the conservatives in a minority government were basically ordered by the majority opposition parties to have Omar Khadr return which they hollowed each day in HOC; the minority government had no choice but to follow their request.

  11. Arron says:

    Brian. Thanks for the link. I really dislike this decision. I have debated it with Khadr sympathists on other boards and I am always told this is a constitutional right to be repatriated. Is there any truth to this? Can any Canadian citizen convicted of crimes abroad be repatriated as a fundamental right of the Charter?

  12. john says:

    bandrig you are a total wanker!!

  13. Peterborough Proud says:

    This was long over-due. Whether Mr. Khadr was guily or not- and I have serious doubts about the process by which he was convicted- what has triumphed here is not any particular political agenda, but the preservation of the sanctity of our system of law, along with our standing in international politics. For better or worse, Khadr was a Canadian citizen. To have let him languish any longer than we already did in Gitmo was to diminish the efficacy of our own charter of rights, and by extension, our very constitution. We cannot choose simply to follow the law whenever it is convenient.Don’t make this a political issue. Whatever your political bend, we all need to respect the law and the process by which it is enacted and upheld. Also, before you throw stones, I’d ask those of you who are adamant that Mr. Khadr is guilty to consider the source by which you’ve reached that determination. No evidence of his guilt was ever actually released to the public. All we have is a report of court findings from a US military tribunal. When did we, as Canadians, begin taking the word of the US military at face value?

  14. Melina says:

    I sure hope he does not get out too soon as how an you trust him??? He has had many years to plot his and their next moves.

  15. Douglas Peters says:

    Why are we not able to expect accurate commentary concerning this issue?
    Having read the statements of Mr. Rae and the New Democratic Party parliamentarians Dewar and Marston there is no one who could honestly claim that Khadr has been “welcomed” back.
    The comments from the Lilley’s Pad have the fetid stench of propaganda.

  16. jdavek says:

    Wow…just let me know when the NDP and Liberals are planning their “Welcome Back Khadr” parade thru downtown Ottawa. I’m surprised they don’t have yellow ribbons hung around the parliament buildings. Will the NDP monitor Prince Omar after his release when every mosque and madrassa in Canada will be begging to have him show up as a “special guest?”.

    Mark my words, the Islamic extremists in Canada will treat him like a rock star.

  17. Arron says:

    To Peterborough Proud.

    I wonder about the double killer in the Northern US who is facing lethal injection. Does he have this same right? Should he get to go home to Alberta on his request?

    Truth be told. There is no fundamental right to put public safety at risk or every moron in jail somewhere in the world has a free plane ticket home.

    I think the real problem is you see a terrorist as a victim. Once you get past that you will understand where people are coming from. Start by checking out the “child soldier” making bombs on video.

    Peace.

  18. stephen says:

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, his father a known terrorist, him a known terrorist and killer, yet the bleeding heart liberals and NDP want to repatriate this killer. Shame on him for the first time, shame on our government system if he does it again.

  19. Belleville Disgusted says:

    Peterborough Proud: I hope this criminal moves into your neighbourhood
    when the “independent Parole Board of Canada” releases him.
    Then see how well you sleep at night, when he attracts his fellow jihadists
    like a lightning rod.

  20. Belleville Disgusted says:

    stephen: It isn’t a question of “if he does it again”, but WHEN he does it again. These Muslim fanatics can’t be helped……proof: mock the prophet Mohammed and Muslims worldwide go on a killing rampage.

  21. Stephen Smith says:

    All the posters who gripe and whine about the Liberal and NDP statements just remember it was the Conservatives who brought him back and quite quietly I might add. Yo’re angry about this then direct the anger where it should go toward the government in charge.

  22. dmorris says:

    I just hope poor Little Omar,the Beaver Cleaver of Al-Qaeda,doesn’t get involved in anything nasty in Millhaven. I have heard unsubstantiated rumors that there IS drug abuse in Canadian Correctional Facilities, and we can only hope that Poor Little Omar doesn’t get involved in THAT world!

    Perhaps Messr’s Chretien and Martin didn’t get around to Little Omar’s case because they were too embarrassed after having his Dear Daddy released from a Pakistani prison earlier. Khadr senior did not rehabilitate in the Pakistani prison,and recidivated to his terrorist lifestyle.

  23. Richard Wakefield says:

    Brian, can you explain why Khadr can’t be charged with treason? He is a Canadian, who went to fight for our enemy, killing allied soldiers. My reading of the Act would seem to fit Khadr.

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