Friday, October 7, 2011

Khadr applies for repatriation to Canada

In October 2010, when Omar Khadr was sentenced at a GITMO military trial, I wrote:

(courtesy of CBC)

It's official: Omar Khadr is a convicted and sentenced murderer. He was sentenced to 40 years, yet I have absolutely no doubt, that Khadr will be either on the streets of Canada - or Afghanistan - within a year or shortly thereafter...

Read the rest of that op/ed here.

Tonight, the CBC is reporting that Khadr has, indeed, applied to finish out his sentence in Canada; the paperwork has been filed.

Omar Khadr makes bid for return to Canada

Posted: Oct 7, 2011

Omar Khadr has started the process to come back to Canada.

Lawyers for Khadr, who is serving eight years in a U.S. prison for killing a U.S. soldier when he was 15, have filed the paperwork required to start the repatriation process.

Corrections officials have received the request for transfer and now have to determine if Khadr is eligible to return to Canada to finish out his sentence.

Once Canadian officials determine that, they send an official request to American officials. If U.S. officials agree, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has the final say. He has the option of refusing the transfer if he decides Khadr is a risk to public safety.

The process is expected to take about 18 months.


The Canadian Embassy said in a memo dated Oct. 23, 2010, the Canadian government "is inclined to favourably consider" a request for a transfer to Canada for Khadr to serve the rest of his sentence after another year at Guantanamo. [Bratnote: emphasis mine]


Dennis Edney, Khadr's Canadian lawyer at the time of the trial...

"He's not a radical jihadist," he said. "He's a victim. He's a victim of his family, his father, adults, and he's a victim of this system."...

There is much more on this at the CBC here.

"He's a victim of this system..." Really? I don't think so. Seems to me, Omar Khadr is working the 'system' very well. I would also hazard an uneducated guess that Khadr will be back in Canada long before 18 months are up. Is a done deal.

Time will tell.

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