A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner convicted of killing a U.S. soldier is asking a Canadian court to ease his bail conditions so he can fly to Toronto to visit his family, according to the Canadian Press.
Toronto-born Omar Khadr, 29, has reportedly filed an application to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, which is expected to hear the matter Sept. 11 in Edmonton, expressing a wish to visit his maternal grandparents who live in Ontario’s capital.
He has also requested the removal of his tracking bracelet, claiming it’s embarrassing and intrusive, and his curfew eased.
“My release and reintegration into the community have been going great,” Khadr said in a supporting affidavit seen by the Canadian Press.
“I have not gotten into any trouble of any kind with the authorities.”
Accused of throwing a grenade that killed U.S. soldier Christopher Speer in Afghanistan in 2002, Khadr confessed to a U.S. military tribunal and was convicted and spent 10 years as an inmate at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. He was then transferred to the Millhaven Institution near Kingston, Ont. before being moved to the Bowden Institution near Innisfail, Alta.
Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice June Ross granted Khadr bail on May 7 in a decision that was appealed by the federal government.
Speaking after Justice Ross’ decision, Conservative Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney told the CBC: “Our thoughts today are going toward Mrs. Tabitha Speer and her two sons, children who have lost their father, and we believe for individuals who have pleaded guilty to crimes, should serve their sentence behind bars.”
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