Khadr, who is now 32, who was detained in Guantanamo Bay for killing a U.S. soldier when he was 15, will be back in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton Thursday to apply for changes to his bail conditions imposed while he appeals war crime convictions by a U.S. military commission.
CBC An affidavit by Khadr filed with the court says the impact of his bail conditions are mainly psychological — a daily reminder of what he went through. Khadr spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15 and accused of tossing a grenade that killed special forces soldier Christopher Speer at a militant compound in Afghanistan in 2002.
He says in his affidavit that he would like to be able to speak on the phone or over Skype to his sister, Zaynab Khadr. He is also asking to perform the Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims once in their lifetime. Zaynab Khadr has spoken in favour of al-Qaeda and was investigated in Canada more than a decade ago for helping the terrorist network, but she was never charged.
His case has ignited sharp and divisive debate among Canadians over terrorism, human rights and the rule of law since the summer of 2017 when it was revealed the Canadian federal government had settled a lawsuit filed by him for a reported $10.5 million. The taxpayer-funded payout followed a ruling by Canada’s Supreme Court in 2010 that Khadr’s charter rights were violated at Guantanamo and that Canadian officials contributed to that violation.