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US hands over last Western Guantanamo detainee to Canada

Other News Materials 29 September 2012 21:04 (UTC +04:00)
The last Westerner and youngest detainee held by the US army at Guantanamo Bay has been handed over to Canada, where he will serve the rest of his sentence for war crimes, Canadian media reported on Saturday.
US hands over last Western Guantanamo detainee to Canada

The last Westerner and youngest detainee held by the US army at Guantanamo Bay has been handed over to Canada, where he will serve the rest of his sentence for war crimes, Canadian media reported on Saturday.

Omar Khadr, 26, has been transferred from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and will now serve the rest of his eight-year sentence in Ontario, Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was quoted as saying by the Canadia Broadcasting Corporation.

Khadr was sentenced to eight years in jail in 2010 after he agreed to a guilty plea deal with prosecutor for the death of US Sergeant Christopher Speer in Afghanistan. Under the plea deal, the eight-year sentence would be served in addition to prison time, dpa reported.

He was detained in Afghanistan at age 15 during clashes between US soldiers and militants. He was accused of throwing the grenade that killed Speer.

Khadr was the youngest detainee at Guantanamo Bay. He was born in Canada, but spent most of his life in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His father, Ahmed Khadr, an al-Qaeda financier, was killed in Pakistan.

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