Lawyer for Omar Khadr want to get him 'out of the grasps' of Prime Minister

FILE: Omar Khadr's lawyer Dennis Edney walks out to the media outside the courthouse in Edmonton,...

FILE: Omar Khadr's lawyer Dennis Edney walks out to the media outside the courthouse in Edmonton, Alta. on Monday, Sep. 23, 2013.

Tony Blais, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

The goal of an appeal heard Wednesday in the case of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr is to get him "out of the grasps" of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. That's what Edmonton defence lawyer Dennis Edney said outside court following a reserved decision by the Court of Appeal of Alberta on whether Khadr should serve his eight-year sentence in a federal or provincial facility. "Our whole focus is to get Omar Khadr to a provincial situation and out of Harper's hands. This government has done nothing but mistreat Omar Khadr," said Edney. "This appeal is very important for the future of Omar Khadr, to get him out of the grasps of the federal government." Khadr is appealing the Oct. 18 ruling by Court of Queen's Bench Associate Chief Justice John Rooke that he serve the remainder of his sentence in a federal penitentiary.

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