His visit to his grandparents in Toronto may include a long car or bus ride. Canada’s security agency maintains a list of people who are banned from flying. It is called the Specified Persons List and the names are kept secret. The criteria for being placed on the list may be a “reasonable suspicion” of bad behavior. Unfortunately, a person who has had their name placed on the list will only find out that they are banned from a flight after they have bought a ticket and attempted to clear security.
Khadr’s permission to visit his grandparents in the company of his lawyer must be undertaken before the end of 2015. He has two weeks to complete the visit.
Khadr’s family had been supporters of the Al Qaeda movement and personal friends of the Bin Ladens. His father was killed in Afghanistan and a brother severely wounded. His mother and sister were active in the press denouncing Canada and our way of life which garnered little sympathy for their youngest son. The CBC has reported that Khadr’s mother and sister are not currently living in Canada.
This is a complex situation where there are no winners, only losers. Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his jihadist parents. He was present during a fire fight there in which he was severely wounded. He spent his teen years in a ‘black’ prison among jihadists. A US medic lost his life and his young family mourns his death. The harm and loss go on and on.
Omar Khadr granted bail by Alberta judge
Omar Khadr granted bail
Public Safety Canada
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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