TORONTO – Canada's Federal Court of Appeal is upholding a lower court ruling ordering the Canadian government to seek the return of the last Western detainee at Guantanamo Bay.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has steadfastly refused to get involved in Omar Khadr's case, saying the U.S. legal process has to play itself out.
The appeals court on Friday upheld a lower court judge's ruling in April obliging the government to seek Khadr's return to Canada from the prison at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.
Khadr, a Toronto native, is one of the youngest people ever charged with war crimes. He was 15 when he was accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade during a 2002 battle in Afghanistan.
The Obama administration is reviewing Guantanamo cases to determine whether the remaining prisoners should be tried in U.S. courts or released to other countries.