UPDATE: Omar Khadr Still Waiting in Guantanamo to Be Released to Canada

Omar Khadr never had a chance. When he was 9 years old his father, an extremist, moved him to Afghanistan from Canada, where he was born. He was only 15 when he was taken into custody by American soldiers and sent to Guantanamo Bay.

He was in Guantanamo for eight years before his trial and has since been convicted of war crimes. His sentence required that he spend one more year in Gitmo but gave him the possibility of serving the rest of his sentence in Canada. Now that his one year has passed, American officials have requested that Canada take him into custody. Canadian officials have said they will move through that process. It seems to be taking a long time.

So long, in fact, that Khadr’s lawyers have filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Canada to review the Harper Government’s failure to move on the transfer. This October, it will have been a year since the first request was made by the U.S. government.

Before moving to the court, they had tried a media campaign, including Senator Romeo Dallaire, who is an activist for child soldiers. (Dallaire is best known for being a UN soldier in Rwanda during the genocide and acting against his superiors to take action). When that didn’t work, Khadr’s lawyer says, they had no choice but to go back to court.

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Barry Appleby
Barry Appleby5 years ago

@AbdulAzziz A

Enough with the Zionist conspiracy already! Zionists working with Saudis to destroy buildings
in the USA. They really bolsters Israel's security. If you have prove that the Zionists did this, please forward it to Mr Obama so that he can stop supporting Israel, which I sure would please you no end, but not as much as having the Iranians nuke the place and thus making large parts of the Middle East into a radioactive wasteland. or have you never heard of the great Pan-Islamist conspiracy or read the protocols of the Elders of Babylon?

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Dave, I agree the US and it's killer drones are the scourge of the planet at present and the Afghans and citizens of other countries where the US has interfered have every right to fight back. That being said, people who have enough conviction to want to fight for their countries should be doing just that and not seeking safe harbour in the countries they hate. I don't want Canada to be a base for haters. We have always been known as a predominantly peaceful nation and that is the way we should remain. The US and its some of leaders ARE war criminals. Unfortunately might is right in today's world.

Michael C.
Michael C5 years ago

Guantanamo, close this illegal, immoral torture prison, return control back to the Cubans and free all those held there against their will.

It was Bush's illegal folly, it is now Obummer's responsibility. CLOSE GUANTANAMO.

Dave Tohunga
Dave te tohunga5 years ago

The unadulterated evil of people who support mass murder by drone, deploying DU WMDs assassination squads, illegal invasions, torture and the list goes on! It is the Coalition of the Killing scum and their supporters who should be incarcerated for the protection of all life on earth! Look in the mirror you evil supporting scumbags who think this guy deserves the treatment he received from international war criminals in the US!!!!
This is why i boycott all US products, thus voting against evil with my wallet.
You people lie about everything but in particular human rights, the USA, Russia and China, the BIG 3 who refused to allow their criminals to face trial for warcrimes in the International Court. Evil is as evil does, and the evil perpetrated by the US exceeds that of any nation in history, just ask any native american indian.... the Land of the Lie, that is what america is.
Here's to a paradigm shift in human consciousness!

Lynn Paterson

AbdulAziz A. - If you are living anywhere in North America, please, go back where you came from ! You do not think properly to be an American or a Canadian citizen ! Goodbye.

Lynn Paterson

YES Linda M. !!! You are exactly right !!!

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Abdul, he was not "in the wrong place at the wrong time". There are also videos of him making bombs and laughing about it. He was in battle and throwing bombs which killed an American. He was also injured and his life saved by those whom he hated. Furthermore, his parents sent him there to fight. I would not send my children to a war zone. If you want to see bigots, try listening to his mother and sister who call all Canadians infidels, homosexuals and perverts....that wouldn't be bigoted would it? Don't spread your BS propaganda here. Afghans have every right to protect their country but his parents were responsible for him being in danger and now he is suffering the consequences. Should he just be released to reek more havoc on the world. He is a terrorist...end of story. If he wants to fight for his country ...Afghanistan... send him there. He was born in Canada but does not consider himself Canadian except when it's convenient and would NEVER fight for Canada. Believe it!

AbdulAziz A.
AbdulAziz A5 years ago

I wonder what these people will say if their child was picked up from a faraway place for being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Sad bunch of bigots who consider someone unfortunate locked up without trial for many years of his youth (there is no proof that he was involved in any activity to cause damage to US)

The boys who blew up the crap twin towers under a Zionist conspiracy were not from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan. Instead they were Saudis and they are still US's allies and others got and are still being blown up to bits. What a set of sadistic rulers from the West and their puppets who still believe what they do and have done is fine when they decide who to punish.

Perhaps one day the truth will emerge but will be too late to bring Bushes, Chennies, Romsfelds and Blairs to justice. In the mean time they have managed to convince the idiots that they are safer becuase the far away lands are regularly bombed and reduced to dust.

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B5 years ago

After being "taken into custody" at 15 in another country and then banged up in the Cuban prison by those who think of themselves as "the good guys", it's not likely he's going to be singing, "America the Beautiful" is it?

Lynn Paterson

Jen M. - This is not his home, simply because his mother gave birth to him here ! Don`t be so naive, he is a trained terrorist and he would probably cut your infidel throat before you could say OMG ! This is exactly the problem with Canada, we are all a bunch of polically correct, bleeding heart, do gooders, who are giving away our own home to anyone with a bit of a sad story to tell! For God Sake toughen up and fight for whats ours !!!!!! My father did, and so did my grandfather !!!!