Thursday, August 05, 2010

Canadian court frees brother of Guantanamo detainee Khadr

MONTREAL — Abdullah Khadr, a brother of the sole Western detainee at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was freed from jail Wednesday after a court rejected a US request for his extradition.

The 28-year-old elder brother of Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, held at the US naval base in Cuba, had been sought by the United States for allegedly supplying arms to Al-Qaeda.

Judge Christopher Speyer said the detainee had not been granted access to Canadian authorities in a timely way when he was detained in Pakistan, Radio Canada reported.

The judge rejected extradition citing the government's major misstep in the case.

His lawyers said that he had been tortured to secure his testimony while he was jailed in Pakistan.

Khadr told CBC as he left court: "I think this is going to be a new beginning for me in life. What can I say? I want to start new now. I don't want to think about it anymore."

US forces in Afghanistan took Omar Khadr prisoner when he was just 15 years old in July 2002. He was later charged with war crimes for allegedly throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier, and now is the last Westerner held Guantanamo Bay. He is facing the possibility of life in prison.

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