EDMONTON – Omar Khadr is expected to be released from prison soon, after an Alberta Court of Appeal justice rejected a last-ditch government attempt to keep the Guantanamo Bay prisoner behind bars.
Justice Myra Bielby ruled the government failed to prove that allowing Khadr out now would cause “irreparable harm” to Canada’s international treaty obligations.
Khadr was in the courtroom and let out a smile when Bielby announced her decision.
It will be Khadr’s first taste of freedom in almost 13 years, since his capture as a wounded 15-year-old in Afghanistan in July 2002.
“Mr. Khadr, you’re free to go,” Bielby said as she delivered her decision.
Bielby’s ruling comes after Tuesday’s 11th-hour attempt by Ottawa to keep the 28-year-old Khadr behind bars.