March 18, 2010

U.S. May Repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada

“Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (AHN) - Canadian-born terror suspect Omar Khadr may eventually go back to Canada, even if the Conservative-led government is exerting efforts to keep him in the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Canadian courts have ordered the repatriation of Khadr, but Ottawa has blocked moves to repatriate him. According to reports, Washington is quietly seeking a way to return Khadr because U.S officials do not want to try him for war crimes he committed when he was 15. Obama administration officials are reportedly seeking an offer from Ottawa to avoid a possible political backlash from releasing a terror suspect.
Khadr was in his mid-teens when he was arrested in Afghanistan for lobbing a grenade at American troops. He is one of five Guantanamo detainees whom U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last year would be prosecuted through military commissions instead of civilian courts.

American officials are said to be considering reversing its decision that five accused planners of the 9/11 attack should be prosecuted in a New York federal court. The Obama administration has not made an announcement nor confirmed reports of a reversal.

There is renewed focus on Khadr's case because of the role Canadian Security Intelligence Service officers - who interviewed Khadr at Guantanamo in 2003 - in interrogating captured Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Afghan security forces have been accused of torturing prisoners turned over by Canadian forces in Afghanistan. At that time, the role of the CSIS officers in questioning detainees had not yet been revealed.”

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