Sunday, September 30, 2012

Khadr comes home

Omar Khadr is back in Canada a full decade since he, then a 15-year-old boy, was seized in Afghanistan.
As we've posted, he was placed in U.S. custody, interrogated, and detained – eventually, at Guantánamo. It was there that, in 2010, he entered a guilty plea to 5 terrorism charges in exchange for a sentence then believed to include about a year more at GTMO plus 7 in Canada. Khadr is reported now to be at a maximum-security prison in Ontario. (credit for detail from 2008 photo (c) Joshua Sherurcij)
Transfer yesterday to Canada came a week or so after the 25th birthday of this onetime child soldier. (Don't get us started on the clueless teaser headline of yesterday, "Gitmo detainee: Killer or child soldier?", as if the 2 were mutually exclusive.) Canadian media reports – compare headlines here and here – indicated divided opinion about his repatriation.

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