TORONTO – There are reports that Omar Khadr is being repatriated to Canada after spending nearly a decade in the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Several American and Canadian media outlets are citing unnamed sources as saying Khadr is being flown back to Canada this morning.
Officials with the federal government and Khadr’s lawyers were not immediately available to confirm or deny the reports.
Khadr has been serving a sentence for war crimes and has been eligible to return to Canada since last October under a plea bargain deal.
Khadr pleaded guilty to five crimes, including murder, in violation of the rules of war before a U.S. military tribunal in October 2010.
Khadr was 15 when he was captured _ badly wounded and almost blind _ in the rubble of a bombed out compound in Afghanistan in July 2002.
He was transferred to Guantanamo Bay a few months later and has been held there since.
He applied to transfer to Canada in April of last year to serve the rest of his sentence in a Canadian prison.