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Canadians split over Khadr’s return: poll

Most feel he’s guilty and that the plea bargain isn’t punishment enough


 

Canadian reaction to the repatriation of Omar Khadr is split, with 49 per cent saying he should not serve time in his home country and 51 per cent believing he should, according to a new Ipsos Reid survey. This follows an
announcement from foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon that Khadr will serve most of his 8 year sentence, the result of a plea deal that saw him confess to the 2002 killing of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, in Canada.
The Canadian government has refused to repatriate Khadr since he was arrested in 2002—when he was 15—despite the fact that he was a child soldier under international law. More than two-thirds of respondents said “Khadr probably is guilty and this plea bargain is too generous, and that the Canadian government was right not to have offered him any assistance up to this point.”

Montreal Gazette


 
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