GITMO YOUNGEST TERRORIST RELEASED TO CANADA PENITENTIARY

           A U.S. military aircraft from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba brought Omar Khadr, 26, a Canadian citizen and the youngest terrorist prisoner in American custody, to Canada on Sept. 29, 2012. 

          Khadr had been in U.S. custody for 10 years –  since his capture at age 15 in Afghanistan with the Taliban and his father after he killed a U.S. Army combat medic, Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, with a grenade.  His father was killed in Pakistan a year after the capture.

          In October, 2010 Khadr pleaded guilty to five war crimes, including “providing material support for terrorism” and waived in writing his appeal rights, including challenging his convictions in any Canadian court.

          Upon arrival at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario, Khadr was transferred to ancient Millhaven federal maximum security penitentiary in Bath, Onario near Kingston, Ontario.  Canada will now pay his maintenance costs, saving the U.S. millions of dollars.  

           He will be eligible under Canadian law for federal day parole January 1, 2013 and full federal parole July 1, 2013.

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