Last Western Detainee Leaves Gitmo
Former teen soldier Omar Khadr will serve out term in Canada
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2012 11:08 AM CDT
In this photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin, Canadian detainee Omar Khadr appears in court in 2010.   (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)

(Newser) – One of the more notable prisoners at Guantanamo Bay is no longer a detainee there. Toronto native Omar Khadr was flown back to Canada this morning to serve out the remainder of his term, reports the Toronto Sun. Khadr was the last Westerner held at Gitmo, notes Reuters, but his case had made headlines previously because the 26-year-old was convicted for crimes committed as a 15-year-old juvenile.

After his capture in 2002, Khadr admitted killing US Army medic Christopher Speer in a firefight, as well as helping al-Qaeda by spying and making roadside bombs. He struck a plea deal in 2010 to serve an additional eight years on those charges, though he is expected to be released before 2018. His departure from Guantanamo leaves about 160 prisoners there.

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Sep 30, 2012 8:36 AM CDT
close it down and get the hell out of there!
Sep 29, 2012 12:54 PM CDT
There is a fine line between a freedom fighter and a terrorist. A lot of terrorist have hide out in DC.
Sep 29, 2012 12:00 PM CDT
Who was it that said, "I will close GITMO"? Of yeah, the same guy who said that the murder of Ambassador Stevens was not the work of terrorists. Wasn't this the same person, a former LAW professor, who also ordered the murder of Osama bin Laden? What happened to innocent until proven guilty?