Omar Khadr to spend New Year in Guantanamo, again

Lone Canadian convict remains at Guantanamo Bay, despite being eligible for repatriation

Omar Khadr will spend his tenth New Year in Guantanamo Bay prison, according to the Globe and Mail. He remains the only Canadian citizen in the U.S. run facility. Khadr, son of a family supportive of al-Queda, was born in Toronto, raised in Pakistan, and captured in a battle with U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002 at the age of 15. Khadr pleaded guilty in October of 2010 to murder, spying, and terrorism. Khadr, whom many see as a child soldier rather than a murderer, was eligible three months ago for repatriation, but a series of bureaucratic issues remains. The Canadian government has not sought his return. A member of Khadr’s legal team, John Norris, says they “have received no word about a transfer date.”

Globe and Mail

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