EDMONTON — Omar Khadr is staying put in the Edmonton Max.
Court of Queen’s Bench Associate Chief Justice John Rooke on Friday denied the former Guantanamo Bay detainee’s application to be transferred to a provincial medium-security jail.
“This is the result that would follow, not only for any Canadian who offends outside Canada and is transferred to Canada, but also to those who are similarly sentenced within Canada,” Rooke said in his 14-page decision.
The judge stressed his ruling had nothing to do with Khadr’s background, other than the fact he is a Canadian, nor his age, the circumstances of his pre-transfer detention or which facility would be better or worse for him.
Defence lawyer Dennis Edney had argued the eight-year sentence given to Khadr, 27, is a global youth sentence, based on the fact that a minimum adult sentence in Canada for murder would be one of life in prison. As a result, Edney said Khadr’s sentence should be served in a provincial institution.