The extent of torture that he was exposed to is unknown, but in video of him being interviewed by Canadian representatives, he is pleading for medical care.
While Khadr was imprisoned the US changed a law that made it a war crime to oppose US troops. The firefight took place in Afghanistan where the US military was the invading force.
Canadian courts have consistently ruled that Khadr’s rights as a Canadian citizen were violated.
Khadr pleaded guilty to murder and war crimes in a plea-bargain session August 9, 2010. I would like to remind people that those American pilots downed and captured in N. Vietnam 45 years ago confessed to dreadful crimes while being held in inhumane conditions too. People captured by Al Qaeda operatives have confessed to amazing crimes while being held outside the law as well.
We cannot know how Omar Khadr will fare in our modern Canadian society, whether he will be a model citizen or not. If we value the rule of law in this country, then we must respect what those entrusted with our justice system have decided.
He later recanted his confession and was subsequently repatriated to an Alberta prison with an eight year sentence.
His appeal cites a U.S. court ruling declaring retroactive war-crimes laws unconstitutional. The United States made it a war crime for enemy combatants to engage in battle with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, but that was several years after Mr. Khadr’s capture. Globe and Mail
Khadr’s sentence expires October 2018. Currently he is being held in a minimum security prison. He will remain in prison at least until May 5th when bail conditions will be announced.
Khadr, now 28, is a Canadian citizen. His mother and sister survive as well as a disabled brother. His father was a fund raiser for Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. His parents can be described as toxic and his sister has been vociferous in her support for terrorism. Khadr at age 14 was introduced to bomb making by his father.
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