Experts worry for Khadr's rehab at provincial jail

A courtroom sketch shows defendant Omar Khadr, a native of Toronto, Canada, listening to testimony...

A courtroom sketch shows defendant Omar Khadr, a native of Toronto, Canada, listening to testimony during his sentencing hearing at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, in this sketch from October 26, 2010. (REUTERS/Janet Hamlin/Pool)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:35 PM ET

OTTAWA — Terrorism experts say moving convicted terrorist Omar Khadr from a federal prison to a provincial jail could seriously hamper efforts to de-radicalize him.

The Alberta Court of Appeal ruled earlier this month Khadr should be transferred to a provincial jail, saying he should have been tried as a minor.

But the warden at the federal facility where Khadr currently resides filed an affidavit in which he expressed deep concern over the lack of rehabilitation programs at the provincial level.

"(Khadr's) correctional plan is timed to accord with his eight-year-sentence," Chris Hill wrote. "To transfer him immediately to a provincial correctional facility would cut short the timelines allocated for his to complete his correctional goals."

Terrorism expert Mubin Shaikh told QMI Agency he shares those concerns.


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