TORONTO – Canada is seeking an emergency stay of a judge's decision to give a former Guantanamo Bay inmate bail while he appeals his conviction in a Washington court for war crimes.
Jeremy Laurin, a spokesman for Canada's public safety minister, said Monday in addition to appealing the Omar Khadr bail decision, Canada will see seek to block his release. The terms of Khadr's release are set to be announced May 5.
Toronto-born Khadr is in prison in Alberta, serving out an eight-year sentence handed down by a U.S. military commission in 2010.
He was convicted of five war-crimes, including throwing a grenade when he was 15 years old that killed Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer in Afghanistan during a 2002 firefight. He spent a decade in Guantanamo Bay.