Omar Khadr—a boy, now man, whose legal saga has triggered fierce debate among fellow Canadians—has spent his final night behind U.S. bars.
Early this morning, the Toronto-born 26-year-old was escorted onto a U.S. military plane, bound for an unspecified Canadian jail.
Khadr was eligible to apply for a prison transfer last year, but bureaucratic delays on both sides of the border had held up the process.
What happens next is not clear.
Khadr, who pleaded guilty to five war crimes, including the battlefield murder of an American soldier in Afghanistan, has six more years left to serve on his sentence. But under Canadian law, he will be eligible to apply for parole in June.
Saturday, September 29, 2012