Canadian Government takes Omar Khadr Fight to Supreme Court
The Canadian Gouvernment has had a few set-backs in regards to Omar Khadr. Khadr was captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan when he was 15. He is accused of having killed an American soldier and is currently awaiting trial by Military Tribunal. The Gouvernment was ordered by the Federal Court to make efforts to have Khadr returned to Canada. The Gouvernment appealed and lost. It will now take its fight to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Justice Department has filed a motion of stay pending this appeal to the Supreme Court. It will provide no other comments.
It is not known how the US Administration would stand on a request to release Omar Khadr to Canada. Some would consider Omar Khadr a child soldier at the time of his capture.
The federal government will go to the Supreme Court in a bid to overturn court rulings that would require Ottawa to press for the return of Canadian Omar Khadr from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, CBC News has learned.
The government has decided to fight a Federal Court of Appeal decision made earlier this month that upheld a lower court ruling, unnamed sources told CBC parliamentary reporter Julie Van Dusen.
The Justice Department has filed a motion for stay pending appeal, Van Dusen said. As the matter is now before the court, the department said it will provide no further comment, Van Dusen said.