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Supreme Court to Hear Canada's Appeal of Guantanamo Ex-inmate Ruling

Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 11:50 AM

Canada's high court agreed Thursday to hear the government's appeal of a lower court decision that would treat former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr as a child criminal with the possibility for early release.

The legal challenge will specifically determine whether Khadr should be transferred from a Canadian federal penitentiary to a more comfortable provincial correctional facility for petty criminals and young offenders.

Ottawa has resisted the transfer, calling it an attempt to lessen his punishment and get him out of prison sooner. Young offenders are given shorter sentences than adult criminals under Canadian law.

Canada asked the Supreme Court to review a July Alberta appeals court decision critical of the government for treating Khadr as an adult.

The Alberta court's order to transfer him to a provincial correctional facility will now be delayed until the high court rules on the case.

Khadr was repatriated to Canada in September 2012, after spending 10 years in the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba following his arrest in Afghanistan as a teenager in 2002.

He was sentenced to eight years in 2010 following a military hearing in which he agreed to plead guilty to murder in violation of the laws of war, attempted murder, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism and spying.

The murder charge related to a grenade attack that killed a U.S. soldier. He is appealing the conviction in the United States.

Meanwhile, Khadr's lawyer Dennis Edney told the daily Toronto Star that his client is losing his sight.

Khadr, now 28, was blinded in one eye during a 2002 firefight with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, where he was shot and captured.

Edney said his other eye is now failing him, and he may need surgery to remove what doctors believe to be shrapnel that is clouding the lens, blurring his vision.

© AFP 2017

   
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Canada's high court agreed Thursday to hear the government's appeal of a lower court decision that would treat former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr as a child criminal with the possibility for early release.
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