Convicted and unrepentant Al Qaeda terrorist, Omar Khadr, was granted bail, and tomorrow the federal government will seek an emergency motion before the Alberta Court of Appeal to prohibit his release.
Legal defense lawyer, Edward Prutschi says the federal government as a reasonably good chance of success at this point, based on a jurisdictional argument.
“The idea that you can take a sentence in the U.S., agree to all of those terms, allow the appeal period to be exhausted… then come to Canada, start your sentence, and then try to unravel all of it, is very problematic,” said Prutschi.
Prutschi says the government will argue that there is no jurisdiction to impact a U.S. sentence, and that Canada is merely a custodian holding the key.
Khadr’s sentence is set to expire in 2018. At some point, whether it is tomorrow, or in three years, Khadr will be released and will live in Canada.
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