Guantánamo

Judge eases family contact conditions for Canadian former Guantánamo prisoner

Omar Khadr walks out of his lawyer Dennis Edney's home to speak the media in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, May 7, 2015.
Omar Khadr walks out of his lawyer Dennis Edney's home to speak the media in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, May 7, 2015. ASSOCIATED PRESS

A Canadian judge has eased the bail conditions for former Guantánamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr.

Toronto-born Khadr spent a decade in the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay and was returned to Canada in 2012. He was convicted of throwing a grenade when he was 15 years old that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer in Afghanistan during a 2002 firefight.

Justice June Ross ruled Friday previous conditions that required the now 29-year-old Khadr to only talk with relatives in English and under supervision will now only apply to two specific family members — his mother and one sister, who have expressed extremist views in the past.

The easing of his bail conditions comes as the documentary, “Guantánamo’s Child: Omar Khadr,” debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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