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After Guantanamo closing
Omar Khadr’s fate remains uncertain
It won’t be easy for Canadian officers to bring him back home, at least so soon. Much less now after Prime Minister Stephen Harper discarded the idea of discussing such topic with Barack Obama next week. The Opposition insists on Omar’s repatriation.
By Armando Latorre/Seinforma Canada
Toronto.- After Barack Obama’s order to close down Guantanamo jail, many people have supposed that Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen imprisoned there since 2002, when he was 15 years old, is on his way to Toronto.
But there is still a long way home for Omar, according to international analysts. Some of them have commented that the child combatant captured by US army after a battle in Afghanistan - accused of killing a Special Forces medic - would be sent to a jail in the States.
They argue that Omar is being accused of a war crime, a crime against American citizens and that It won’t be easy for Canadian officers to bring him back home, at least so soon.
"Mr. Khadr faces serious charges. There is a judicial process underway to determine Mr.
Khadr's fate. This should continue," Kory Teneycke, the Prime Minister's director
of communications, has declared to the press.
On the other hand, professor Audrey Maclin, from The Omar Khadr’s Repatriation Project, has stated that “Khadr stands accused of crimes for which he could be charged in Canada. If Omar is convicted of a crime as a result of a fair trial process in Canada, he may be punished in accordance with fundamental principles of justice. Any sentence should take into account the fact that Omar has already spent six years at Guantanamo Bay, a significant punishment.”
Also, it was known that Khadr’s case will not be discussed in the bilateral presidential meeting in Ottawa on February 19, when Barack Obama visits Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Instead, it will wait for the result of an investigation conducted by a US high-level inter-agency task force, which will decide the future of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
The tree leaders of the Canadian opposition sent a letter to both Obama and Harper asking for Khadr repatriation. Michael Ignatieff, chief of the Liberal Party; Jack Layton, of the New Democratic Party; and Gilles Douceppe, of the Bloc Quebecois signed the missive which calls on Harper and Obama to "act immediately to release Omar Khadr from detention at Guantanamo Bay and repatriate him to Canada."
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Khadr’s case will not be discussed in the bilateral presidential meeting in Ottawa on February 19. The Canadian government will wait for the result of an investigation conducted by a US high-level inter-agency task force, which will decide the future of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. (Photos Omar Khadr Project-Motherjones.com/Seinforma)
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