Media outlets ask for judicial review after Khadr interview request denied

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)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:36 PM ET

A consortium of Canadian media outlets wants to take the warden of Alberta's Bowden Institution to court for denying its request to interview Omar Khadr.

In a request for a judicial review filed in Federal Court, the CBC, Toronto Star and Shadow Documentary Project say Khadr consented to be interviewed, but officials at the Bowden Institution quashed the request.

The outlets say the warden cited a regulation that states an interview can be granted so long as it's done with "minimal disruption" and while ensuring the safety of staff, offenders, visitors or the victim or victim's family.

No other explanation was given.

"The warden's reply shows no evidence that the applicant's request was seriously considered," the filing says.

Khadr spent a decade in custody at Guantanamo Bay before pleading guilty to murder, terrorism and spying charges for his role in the 2002 death of a U.S. special forces medic during a firefight in Afghanistan when he was 15.

 


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