Khadr, a convicted murderer, could be back in Canada by the end of May: CP reports -

Khadr, a convicted murderer, could be back in Canada by the end of May: CP reports


Some see Omar Khadr as a victim, a child soldier who’s spent 40 per cent of his life behind bars at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Others say he’s a terrorist who deserves to be locked away.

Now, regardless of his status as victim or malefactor, the Toronto-born Khadr—a convicted murderer—could be transferred to Canada by the end of May, the Canadian Press reports. According to CP, a source familiar with the matter expects U.S. Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta to sign off on the prison transfer within a week. “It’s on his desk, it’s ready,” said the source.

In front of a military tribunal in October 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to five war crimes that he committed as a 15-year-old during a firefight with American soldiers in Afghanistan in July 2002. Among the crimes he admitted to were the murder of American Sergeant 1st Class Christopher Speer, and to being an al-Qaeda terrorist bent on killing as many Americans as possible. In exchange, Khadr was sentenced to eight years in prison, seven of which could be served in Canada.

According to the anonymous source, the Harper government in Ottawa has been in no hurry to transfer Khadr back to his native Canada. “I think they have stalled the proceedings—the U.S. would have sent him home a lot earlier if things had been worked out in Canada,” the source said. “The U.S. does not want to act summarily and sign off on his transfer without Canada having everything prepared and ready.”

Once Panetta signs off on Khadr’s transfer, U.S. President Barack Obama must give Congress 30 days to give it the go ahead. Khadr’s Pentagon-appointed lawyer Lieutenant-Colonel Jon Jackson told the Canadian Press that his client is “frustrated” and that if he isn’t back in Canada by the end of May, “I think there are going to be serious problems.”


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Khadr, a convicted murderer, could be back in Canada by the end of May: CP reports

  1. A self confessed covicted murderer and terrorist and his low life lawyer has the audacity to threaten
    Canadians??????  Let the bastard rot in hell

  2. Khadr’s Pentagon-appointed lawyer Lieutenant-Colonel Jon Jackson told the Canadian Press that his client is “frustrated” and that if he isn’t back in Canada by the end of May, “I think there are going to be serious problems.”

    Nice to see Khadr’s still making threats. He’s obviously rehabilitated.

  3. Maybe the Cdn govt’s recalcitrance has something to do with the following, as per the CP story:

    “Instead, the source said, Ottawa has been scrutinizing the application far more closely than required, looking at issues such as his parole eligibility, which would essentially be almost immediate. ”

    I suspect the Cdn govt is a bit queasy at the thought of hastening Khadr’s return to Canada if said return will result in him stepping off a plane in Toronto a free man and are presently working out terms whereby he’ll do at least a few months more time in Canada and be subject to close supervision upon release.

    As for the “serious problems” his lawyer suggests will occur if the feds don’t play nice,  I can’t fathom what those might be, given the feds willingness to accommodate Khadr’s plea deal with the US was entirely gratuitous.

    • The concern may well be that the US government is trying to negotiate similar plea bargains with other Guantanamo detainees in return for their repatriation to countries of origin. The other inmates are watching these delays with growing skepticism and may reject any US deals if they are fraught with similar delays.

      So the “serious problems” could be in relation to the entire US strategy to close down the facility.

  4. I think it would be best if some sort of “accident” occured on his transfer back to Canada that kept him or his body out of this country.

  5. one of my friends i grew up with some 30 years ago got into a fight when we were young! he was around 19 or 20 he shot 2 people in montreal he was sentenced to 25 years 15 of which he had to do with no chance of parole. why is this guy getting special treatment ?? they are admitted terrorists !! 

    • If your friend was 19 or 20 then he was of the age of majority. Omar Khadr was 15 years old when he committed his crime. 

      • He “confessed” under torture.  As would you.  As would I.  He was a child at the time.

        • Do you think he was considered a “child” at the terrorist training camp?  My guess is that they grow up fast at his his house….that is why his dad sent him there.  I don’t think you can compare a Canadian “child” who isn’t raised to be mature enough to leave home at 18 years of age with someone whose parents have groomed him to be a freedom fighter and sent him off to a third world country on his own at age 15.

  6. Wow. Incredibly biased piece by Alex Ballingal, leaving out a lot of facts.  Really poor journalism, Macleans.   And Alex.

  7. So he basically pled guilty in order to get eight years in a Canadian jail to get away from eight years of torture in Guantanamo?  Would this type of confession even hold up in the Canadian legal system?

  8. When Omar Khadr killed that soldier, he was a pubescent teenager brainwashed by his psychotic family and raised to kill in the name of a religion that preaches peace. There is no question that Omar Khadr is a victim. He is a victim of his murderous family who take advantage of the benefits of Canada to promote hatred against what we stand for and the murder of our soldiers. It is the Khadr family who should spent the rest of their lives in a prison cell, for robbing their own son of the normal, peaceful, fulfilling life he could have lived as a Canadian citizen. The brainwashing of that kid is murder in and of itself. Omar Khadr may have thrown the grenade, but it is his family who really killed that medic.

    Now, 15 years old is old enough to know that murder is wrong, but he did grow up brain-washed, and at 15 years old you are still considered a child-soldier. He certainly deserves to go to prison, and should be there until we can be positive that he is not a threat to society. And Lord knows that means keeping him far away from his family who have robbed him of a childhood. But he should be in jail here, at the very least.

    Bring the kid home, and then work from there.

  9. CBC Was saying Kadhr “can’t wait” to get back to his mommy and grandma – vocal, self professed Canada haters. Let him rot in jail and if he ever does get out, it should be on the condition he NEVER have contact with his terrorist family!

  10. Oh poor baby! We should be compassionate and let him get back to his life. After all, he just wants to kill as many Americans as possible right.  As a self-confessed and convicted murderer he does have more rights in Canada than the average law-abiding citizen, doesn’t he!? So what’s all the fuss about? He will need accommodation during his “rehabilitation”, so we will have to pay for it.  That is what we law-abiding citizens do, isn’t it!? 

    Oh! And then there is this gem. “…his client is “frustrated” and that if he isn’t back in Canada by the end of May, “I think there are going to be serious problems.”

    Model citizen, he is! Role model for the future generations, he is!! 

    Am tired of being so sarcastic for so much time. I’ll stop now.

  11. Omar Khadr was a 15 year old at the time of his capture- still a child by the definition of civilized countries.  He confessed under torture.  As would any one of you.
    Canada’s role in this whole sordid affair has been disgusting, and shameful.
    But then, this government apparently has no problem with “confessions” obtained under torture.

    • Are you saying that Mr. Khadr did not kill the US soldier…that his confession was falsely given and he is innocent?  Or are you saying that he was 15, a child and should be forgiven because he was a child and children are not responsible for their actions?
      If he is innocent, then it is very disturbing that he has been made to suffer.  If, however, you feel he should be given a “free pass” because he was only 15….and children aren’t capable of planning and carrying through with homocide, I would suggest you look at cases where they have done just that.  You might want to look at the case of a 12 year-old Medicine Hat girl who planned with her 23 year-old boyfriend to murder her parents and eight year-old brother a month before following through with the deed.  She personally stabbed her eight year-old brother to death while her boyfriend “dispatched” with her parents.  Apparently she felt was mature for her age but her parents disagreed and had an issue with her dating a 23 year-old man.  Alas, what’s a young girl to do but get rid of her parents, however, that does not explain the need to kill an innocent eight year-old? Maybe he was irritating her.
      She was released from juvenile prison at 18 and is attending school.  It was reported in the Calgary Herald today that her curfew has been increased.  You have no worries that Canada does not treat its young murderers well.  My guess is Mr. Khadr, had he killed a Canadian soldier would have been treated like this young girl in Canada.  Unfortunately, he made the mistake of killing an American.  They take that really seriously.

  12. The Khadr story is not as easy as stated above. Khadr was given the opportunity to plead “guilty” and serve a prison term of 8 years, or plead “not-guilty” and spend the rest of his life in prison. He opted for 8 years. If you have seen the video “4 days in Guantanamo” you will see for yourself how cruel his home country has been to Omar. I weep for him and all indoctrinated children.

  13. The military commission is seen as a kangaroo court by legal experts and so to consider that decision to be just and fair shows an incredible lack of information about the Khadr case. Evidence derived through torture and lack of due process cannot be seen as a legitimate process and so Macleans and other media, including the Sun should provide the necessary background otherwise they are just inciting ignorance and hateful words as this blog demonstrates. We don’t know the truth of what happened to the American soldier because the military commission didn’t conduct a process that allowed for the truth to be presented.
    The Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, international covenants on torture and child soldiers all defend the rights of Omar Khadr.The Harper government has always seen Khadr as a political pawn and denigrated our democracy by denying his rights and defying the rule of law and democratic institutions.

    Prominent Canadians are featured in a new anthology by Janice Williamson which discusses the case of Omar Khadr. For those who vilify Khadr it would be important for them to read about the issues of this case. The book is called “Omar Khadr Oh Canada”.