EDMONTON, Alberta – A Canadian judge is deciding whether a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier should get bail.
A two-day hearing has concluded for Omar Khadr and the judge will announce her decision at a later date.
The Toronto-born son of an alleged al-Qaida financier, Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to five war-crimes charges, including murder, for killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan when Khadr was 15.
Now 28, he is more than halfway through an eight-year sentence and is a prisoner at Bowden Institution in central Alberta.
Khadr's lawyers say he should be released while he appeals his war-crimes conviction before a U.S. military court. Canadian government lawyers argue that letting Khadr out would undermine public confidence and damage Canada's relationship with the U.S.