HE’S THAT AND MORE, A TRAITOR TO CANADA, A VIOLENT JIHADIST, MURDERER, AND A LIAR, HENCE HIS CHANGE OF PLEA. AND CANADA CAN’T WAIT TO BRING HIM BACK…WE DEPORT LITTLE OLD LADIES FOR NOT HAVING THE RIGHT PAPERWORK AND HERE WE ARE ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR A MURDERER…..DISGUSTING…
After one year, Canada will welcome back Khadr
By Bryn Weese and Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau
Last Updated: October 25, 2010 5:28pm
- In this Pentagon-approved photograph of a sketch by pool artist Janet Hamlin, Omar Khadr pleads guilty under oath, addressing Capt Michael Grant, USAF.
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba, and OTTAWA — The Canadian government has agreed to a clause in Omar Khadr’s plea bargain that says he will be returned to Canada after a year, his Canadian lawyer says.
Khadr pleaded guilty Monday to murder, attempted murder, supporting terrorism, conspiracy and spying. His lawyer, Dennis Edney, said he is confident the Canadian government will honour its part of the bargain.
“Mr. Khadr pleaded guilty this morning …in exchange for the Canadian government agreeing to repatriate him back to Canada after one year,” Edney said. “Canada’s language is sufficiently satisfactory to uphold Canada to its position, that it will take Omar Khadr back after one year.”
Edney said the lawyers received the note from Canadian government Sunday afternoon.
“We have diplomatic notes … which set out Canada’s position and set out the United States’ position,” Edney added.
Those notes will be released later this week, along with the specifics of Khadr’s plea deal.
The sentence in the plea deal is still a secret until Khadr’s seven-member military jury hands down its own sentence for Khadr.
It’s been reported the deal is for Khadr to serve eight more years in prison, with the last seven to be served in Canada.
U.S. Navy Capt. John Murphy, chief prosecutor for the office of military commissions, confirmed Khadr will be going back to Canada after one year as per the plea bargain.
But he won’t be free.
“Following one year, if there is a balance of a sentence, Omar Khadr doesn’t go back to Canada as a free man,” Murphy said. “He goes back to serve whatever remains of his sentence within the Canadian penal system and under Canadian law.”
So far the Conservative government isn’t commenting on any deal. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is travelling in the Ukraine.
“This matter remains between Omar Khadr and the United States government,” spokesman Dimitri Soudas told QMI Agency.
Liberal MP John McKay represents the Scarborough area where the Khadr family lives. Speaking with reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons, McKay called for Khadr to come back to Canada.
“He’s a Canadian citizen. He may be an offensive Canadian citizen, he may be an obnoxious Canadian citizen, but he’s still a citizen,” said McKay.
McKay said if there were any talks about bringing Khadr back to Canada under the former Liberal government, he was not made aware of them.
Bloc MP Claude Bachand said the government should explain why Khadr remains the only western prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.
“They should ask the release from the Guantanamo prison, and if he’s condemned to a penalty, he should come back and purge that penalty here,” said Bachand.
“It’s very shameful that they didn’t listen to what we had to say, to bring him back and we hope now that they’re going to bring him back so that he can do his sentence in Canada.”
New Democrat MP Wayne Marston said Khadr should have been treated as a child soldier under the United Nations’ Protocol on the Rights of the Child.
“The sentence he receives needs to be restorative and rehabilitative so that he can be reintegrated back into Canadian life,” said Marston.