[Ppnews] Canadian judge frees Abdullah Khadr instead of extraditing him to US

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Wed Aug 4 20:31:09 EDT 2010

Canadian judge frees 'al-Qaeda' man

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A Canadian man indicted in the United States on terrorism charges has 
been freed from jail after a Canadian judge refused to extradite him.

Abdullah Khadr has been held in Canada since his arrest in December 
2005. US officials accused him of purchasing weapons for al-Qaeda, 
and based their charges in part on a statement he made in Pakistan to 
the FBI and Canadian police.

Khadr's lawyers argued that the statement was the result of torture, 
and the judge in Khadr's case agreed, calling it "manifestly unreliable".

Canadian judges rarely deny extradition requests from the US. 
Christopher Speyer, the judge, called his ruling "a remedy of last 
resort," and held that Khadr was illegally detained and interrogated.

"I think this is going to be a new beginning for me in life," Khadr 
said after the ruling. "I just want to start anew now."

Rob Nicholson, Canada's justice minister, said the government would 
study the ruling closely before deciding whether to appeal.

Khadr is the eldest son of Ahmed Said Khadr, an alleged al-Qaeda 
member who was killed in 2003 by the Pakistani army.

Khadr's younger brother, Omar, is currently detained in the US prison 
camp at Guantanamo Bay. The US accuses him of killing an American 
soldier in Afghanistan in 2002.

The younger Khadr is scheduled to go on trial at Guantanamo later this month.

The United States paid the Pakistani government half a million 
dollars for Abdullah Khadr's capture, 
<http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/424585>according to court records.

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