Youngest Guantanamo prisoner Khadr returns to Canada

Omar Khadr, who was a 15-year-old when captured in 2002, was sent to finish his sentence in his native Canada

Youngest Guantanamo prisoner Khadr returns to Canada

World Bulletin/News Desk

The youngest Guantanamo prisoner and last Westerner held in the Guantanamo Omar Khadr, who was a 15-year-old when captured in 2002 in Afghanistan, was sent to finish his sentence in his native Canada on Saturday, Canadian media reported.

A military plane carrying Khadr, who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier left the U.S. navel base on Saturday morning, the Toronto Star newspaper and Canadian Broadcasting Corp said, citing unnamed sources.

Canadian public safety minister Vic Toews confirmed Omar Khadr returned to Canada. Toews said Khadr was handed over to Canadian authorities at military base in Trenton, Ontario and then moved to Millhaven prison.

A U.S. war crimes tribunal in 2010 sentenced Khadr, now 26, to 40 years in prison, although he was expected to serve just a few more years under a deal.

Khadr was 15 years old when captured in Afghanistan in 2002. He was the first person since World War Two to be prosecuted in a war crimes tribunal for acts committed as a juvenile.

Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father. Khadr's father was killed by Pakistani police but his mother and several siblings live in the Toronto area.

Human rights activists criticize the tribunals as a second-rate system rigged to convict that affords defendants fewer rights than regular U.S. military and civilian courts.

The Khadr family went to Pakistan when Omar was a child to help with reconstruction along the Pakistan-Afghan border following the withdrawal of Russian troops, according to an online family biography.

Khadr returned to Canada in 1995, going back to Pakistan the following year.

His family then lived in a compound in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where he allegedly met bin Laden for the first time.

Khadr returned to Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. A year later, he was held by US soldiers, who shot him at least twice in the back.

Khadr says he was treated brutally after his capture. He was taken, severely wounded, to a military camp in Bagram, Afghanistan, and later to Guantanamo in October 2002.

A video posted online in July 2008 shows him sobbing and begging for help as Canadian agents interrogated him at Guantanamo.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Eylül 2012, 17:01