GUANTANAMO

Report: No imminent parole, release for Canadian ‘child soldier’

 

crosenberg@MiamiHerald.com

Former Guantánamo convict Omar Khadr will be held in a maximum-security Canadian lockup for at least two more years, the Toronto Star reported Friday.

The newspaper said it obtained a federal assessment of the young man who admitted he threw a grenade at age 15 in a 2002 in Afghanistan, killing an American soldier during a U.S. raid on a suspected al Qaida safehouse.

Rather than make Khadr, now 26, eligible for day parole in March, the report subjects him to a new assessment in December 2014, the Star said.

The Toronto-born Khadr returned to his native Canada in September under an October 2010 Guantánamo war court guilty plea agreement. It sentenced him to at most eight more years between the prison camps in Cuba and Canadian lockups.

Khadr has been held at Canada’s Millhaven’s Assessment Unit in Bath, Ontario. Canadian prison officials recommended that Khadr be kept in a “highly structured environment in which individual and group interaction is subject to direct and constant supervision,” according to the newspaper, meaning less access to the full range of Canada’s federal detention rehabilitation programs.

His attorneys and human rights advocates had sought consideration of his case as a “child soldier,” and wanted him assigned to a program to prepare him for release into Canadian society.

Read more Guantánamo stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category