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US charges Canadian Khadr brother with supplying weapons to al Qaeda

[JURIST] A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted [text; US Attorney press release] Canadian citizen Abdullah Ahmed Khadr [Wikipedia profile; CBC family backgrounder] on four counts connected to his alleged procurement of destructive devices to be used against American forces in Afghanistan in 2003. Khadr, the eldest son of suspected al Qaeda senior member Ahmed Said Khadr [Wikipedia profile] and the brother of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], faces a possible life sentence plus thirty years and a $1,000,000 fine.

US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts [official website] Michael Sullivan [official profile] said he plans to “aggressively” pursue extraditing Khadr from Canada, where he is being held on a US warrant. He was arrested by the RCMP [CBC report] in December after returning from Pakistan, where he had been jailed. Another of Khadr's younger brothers, Abdul Rahman Khadr, was released from Guantanamo in 2003. Reuters has more. CBC News has local coverage from Canada.

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