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July 8, 2014

Ex-Guantánamo inmate gets Canada prison transfer

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.

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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