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US seeks extradition of indicted Canadian Khadr brother

[JURIST] The US government has formally requested the extradition from Canada of Canadian citizen Abdullah Khadr [Wikipedia profile; CBC family backgrounder], a week after indicting him [JURIST report] on charges [PDF indictment; US DOJ press release] of procuring weapons to be used by al-Qaida against American forces in Afghanistan in 2003.

Khadr, the son of alleged al-Qaida financier Ahmed Said Khadr [Wikipedia profile] and brother of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], was arrested by the RCMP [CBC report] in Toronto in December 2005 on a US warrant after returning from Pakistan where he had been jailed.

Canadian Justice Minister Vic Toews [JURIST report] has 30 days to decide whether to proceed with the extradition request and refer the case to a judge for an extradition hearing under the terms of the Canadian federal Extradition Act [text; backgrounder on extradition from Canada]. If a judge decides extradition is appropriate Khadr still has the right to appeal, which could delay actual extradition by months or years. AP has more.

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