Omar Khadr happy with new surroundings: Lawyer

26-year-old former Guantanamo detainee and convicted terrorist, Omar Khadr. Red Cross Photo

26-year-old former Guantanamo detainee and convicted terrorist, Omar Khadr. Red Cross Photo

Damien Wood, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:46 AM ET

CALGARY — Former Guantanamo prisoner Omar Khadr is happy with his new surroundings -- having recently moved out of maximum security incarceration in Edmonton to a medium security facility in Innisfail.

Lawyer John Phillips, a member of Khadr’s counsel, said Friday at Bowden Institution his client “was looking very good today.”

Phillips also said the shift falls into the ongoing objective of an eventual parole for Khadr.

“I think the hope is now that there will be more of a recognition that his security level should be dropped down to minimum and he’s hoping to get into some programs and the sort of things that he needs to prepare him to re-enter Canadian society,” he said.

“The focus should be on rehabilitation, and that means trying to set it up So he’s got education, he has counselling and that sort of thing and to date he hasn’t had very much of that.”


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