Omar Khadr is back in Canada from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to finish serving out his prison term on home soil.
Just over two weeks since Digital Journal reported that the Canadian government denied there were plans being made to return Khadr to Canada, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says Khadr was flown from Guantanamo Bay and landed at CFB Trenton this morning.
The Toronto Star says the 26-year old was told on Wednesday about his transfer from the prison and that he would be back in Canada this weekend.
Toews says Khadr has already been transferred to the Millhaven maximum security prison in Eastern Ontario.
In a statement Toews says, "Omar Khadr is a known supporter of the al-Qaeda terrorist network and a convicted terrorist." "I am satisfied the Correctional Service of Canada can administer Omar Khadr’s sentence in a manner which recognizes the serious nature of the crimes that he has committed and ensure the safety of Canadians is protected during incarceration."
Khadr was the youngest prisoner held at Guantanamo after he was shot and captured in Afghanistan in 2002 at the age of 15. His arrest followed a firefight between American Special Forces and a group of terrorists and Khadr was accused of killing US Sgt. Christopher Speer.
In October 2010, Khadr appeared before a US military tribunal and pleaded guilty to five war crimes, including "murder in the violation of war." A military tribunal sentenced him to 40-years but as part of a plea deal he was to serve no more than 8 years, with a provision that after one more year at Guantanamo he would be returned to Canada to serve out the remainder of his prison term.
Under Canadian law, Khadr will be eligible to apply for parole by next summer.