EDMONTON – Alberta’s top court has granted an application by former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr to be transferred to a provincial jail.
The Appeal Court has ruled the 27-year-old should be serving a youth sentence in Canada.
“We have concluded that the chambers judge erred in law in finding that Khadr was properly placed in a federal penitentiary under the ITOA (International Transfer of Offenders Act),” the court wrote in its unanimous decision, released Tuesday.
“We conclude that Khadr ought to have been placed in a provincial correctional facility for adults.”
The federal government said it plans to appeal the ruling and it will apply to delay the transfer while it asks the Supreme Court to hear the case.
“Omar Ahmed Khadr pleaded guilty to heinous crimes,” Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said in a statement.
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