Ex-Guantánamo inmate gets Canada prison transfer

 
 
Omar Khadr, at age 15, in the summer of 2002, learning to build land mines in Afghanistan, in a photo used as an exhibit by a war court prosecutor at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prosecution asked a jury to sentence Khadr, now 24, to 25 years. The jury instead gave him 40.
Omar Khadr, at age 15, in the summer of 2002, learning to build land mines in Afghanistan, in a photo used as an exhibit by a war court prosecutor at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prosecution asked a jury to sentence Khadr, now 24, to 25 years. The jury instead gave him 40.
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Alberta’s top court has granted an application by former Guantánamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr to be transferred to a provincial jail from a federal medium-security prison in the western Canadian province.

The Appeal Court has ruled the 27-year-old should be serving a youth sentence.

Khadr lost his bid for a transfer last fall, then appealed.

Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to five war crime offenses, including throwing a grenade that fatally wounded a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15.

The U.S. military repatriated the Toronto-born Khadr from the military base in Guantánamo Bay in September 2012.

Khadr was reclassified earlier this year as a medium-security inmate and transferred to the medium-security Bowden Institution in central Alberta from the maximum-security Edmonton Institution.

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