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Khadr lawyers propose plan for Canadian's repatriation from Guantanamo

[JURIST] Lawyers for Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] presented a plan Wednesday to return the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee to Canadian society. The outline, laid out at a news conference [Toronto Star report] in Toronto, calls for assessments of the 22-year-old's health and education, and proposes he be housed in a foster home. Dennis Edney, one of Khadr's lawyers, called on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official profile] to press for a repatriation plan when he meets with visiting US President Barack Obama [official profile] in Ottawa on February 19. Opposition members also urged Khadr's return to Canada in an open letter [text, PDF] to Harper and Obama.

In January, a military judge suspended military commission proceedings against Khadr, who has admitted to throwing a hand grenade that killed a US soldier in Afghanistan [JURIST reports]. In April 2007 Khadr was charged [charge sheet, PDF; JURIST report] with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism, and spying.

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