Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Chronological Look at Canadian-Born Omar Khadr's Legal Odyssey

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Chronological Look at Canadian-Born Omar Khadr's Legal Odyssey

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A chronological look at Omar Khadr's legal odyssey


TORONTO - A look at the long legal odyssey of Canadian-born Omar Khadr:

July 27, 2002: Khadr, 15, allegedly throws grenade that kills United States Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer during an American attack on a compound in Afghanistan. A badly wounded Khadr is taken prisoner.

October 2002: Khadr is transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

February 2003: Investigators from the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service interview Khadr at Guantanamo.

Aug. 10, 2005: Federal Court judge says Canadian agencies, including CSIS, violated Khadr's rights by giving information from interviews with him to U.S. investigators.

Nov. 7, 2005: The U.S. military charges Khadr with conspiracy, attempted murder and aiding the enemy.

March 17, 2008: Khadr alleges he was threatened with rape and violence by interrogators seeking a confession.

May 23, 2008: The Supreme Court of Canada concludes Canadian officials illegally shared information about Khadr with the U.S.

Aug. 14, 2009: The Federal Court of Appeal upholds a ruling requiring Ottawa to press for Khadr's return from Guantanamo Bay.

Jan. 29, 2010: The Supreme Court overturns court orders that the Canadian government should repatriate Khadr, despite agreeing his human rights were violated.

Aug. 9, 2010: Khadr pleads not guilty to five war crimes charges, including murder. Judge Col. Patrick Parrish rules Khadr's confessions admissible.

Oct. 25, 2010: Khadr changes his plea to guilty on all five counts; gets opportunity to apply for a transfer to a Canadian prison after one more year at Gitmo.

Oct. 31, 2010: Khadr is sentenced to 40 years in prison but pre-trial deal limits sentence to eight more years.

April 2012: U.S. defence secretary signs off on Khadr's transfer.

Sept. 29, 2012: A U.S. military airplane brings Khadr to Canada. …

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