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A decade ago a boy, Omar Khadr, was sent to Guantánamo. Send him home

•, Jo Griffin
Omar Khadr has grown from boy to man at Guantánamo Bay. In 2002 the 15-year-old Khadr, a Canadian, was captured by US forces during a firefight in Afghanistan and taken first to Bagram airbase and then to Guantánamo, where he eventually pleaded guilty to throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier. A decade on, Khadr – the only child solder to be prosecuted in a military commission for war crimes – remains in the detention centre while his lawyers press the Canadian government to honour its promise to bring him home.
Canada has come under fire for its apparent use of delaying tactics to keep Khadr, the last western citizen left at Guantánamo, locked up in a facility where he has been abused and his rights violated. Ottawa demanded and has now received video footage of psychiatric interviews with Khadr, which will be used to determine whether he is still a danger to society.

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