May 04, 2015

Feds to seek emergency motion to prohibit Omar Khadr's release

Marissa SemkiwArchive

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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commented 2015-05-05 13:48:56 -0400
Good for the feds. He did the crime. He should do the time. He has no business getting out on bail no matter what his fan club says.
commented 2015-05-04 22:26:26 -0400
Joan, you don’t think we should keep tabs on Khadar when he gets out? You don’t like that bill C-51 will facilitate that?

Cathy, I don’t free safe with any of his family in this country.
commented 2015-05-04 20:25:07 -0400
Oh, but all you people are sooo mean to poooor little Khadr. He’s such a pooor sweet little little boy, force to do nasty things by mean conseratives! He is sooo innocent and you people are sooo cruel to him! I gonna cry! Meanies!

Whew! Sorry, had a leftie moment there! It was horrible. I felt my intelligence drain from me and a wave of stupidity flooded over me, and I felt a leftie clarity of thought riding on a roller coaster of emotions tearing me in all directions. Frightening! Truly frightening, but I feel MUCH better now!
commented 2015-05-04 20:24:36 -0400
All good points.
Initially, the Military Prosecution was asking for 40 years based on charges before the plea deal.
Typical showcasing by Edny to keep Khadr in the public eye, helped by pearl-clutching media groupies.
The same flip-flop occurred when Edney launched that appeal to have him moved to a lower security, provincial institution – and ignored it as he had better access to education opportunities in a Federal institution.
Complete and utter grand-standing for more publicity.
commented 2015-05-04 20:10:26 -0400
“Some may call me a dreamer … but I’m not the only one …” Love the analogy. Khadr and his family are dangerous. Pure and simple. Canadians deserve (and pay) protection from his islamic motives. He has never renounced Jihadism and boasted that killing the U.S. medic that was attempting to help him was the “best day of his life”. For real? How can this individual even be trusted? Put him in the prison with the general population, and I suspect the problem will be solved.
commented 2015-05-04 19:34:24 -0400
As a Canadian, I won’t feel safe if Khadr is released tomorrow or in 3 years. Whenever he is released he should be sent back to the middle east. Why should any democratic country allow a known terrorist, just because they served a prison term, to live in their country? It should be mandatory that they be deported as soon as they are released from prison, no appeals, no nothing, just gone. Actually they shouldn’t even be released. Just before their release they should be deported in shackles with prison guards to accompany them out of Canada back to the middle east, into their custody and they can release them. And their Canadian citizenship gets revoked and they are banned from Canada forever.
commented 2015-05-04 19:27:01 -0400
The government will win this case and he will be released when his sentence expires. At that point his spot on q at the CBC will be vacant. It’s funny how women support people of the Islamic faith having no idea what it is to be subservient to a pedophile prophet’s religion. And then you see Canadian men like Justin Trudeau laud these Islamist as peaceful. Anyone who thinks this is the kind of moral fiber Canada needs is obviously not serving the best interests of the nation.
commented 2015-05-04 18:29:07 -0400
You can bet that in 2018 CSIS, with its new powers under Bill C-51, will put a 24/7watch on Khadr, cameras in his bedroom and throughout Edney’s residence and in his/their vehicles, bugs on his telecommunications and definitely activate the cameras on all his technology to keep a spy eye on this I spy Khadr guy. Maybe they can dope him, kidnap him, and implant surveillance under the skin at the back of his neck.

Some may call me a dreamer … but I’m not the only one …
commented 2015-05-04 18:19:27 -0400
If the Alberta Court of Appeal does not uphold this Federal Government motion to deny Khadr early bail, I think many Americans will be very, very angry. It will likely be the last time America will release a Canadian citizen convicted of a crime there, to serve his sentence here.