Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Conservative Govt. now a leader in violating Canadian's rights.

We have already seen the many attempts to avoid bringing Abdelrazik back to Canada but finally succumbing after an embarassing court decision lambasting the government. However, in the case of Omar Khadr the government--no doubt to the great delight to some of their supporters--is appealing the court order that the govt. should ask for Khadr to be repatriated.
In this first article a govt. lawyer can't point to any security risks bringing him back to Canada would cause. I would think that if he came back he would surely remain under surveillance in case he did try to engage in any activities that are a threat to Canada. This is from the Vancouver Sun.

OTTAWA — A federal lawyer conceded Tuesday that she cannot "point to any risks" if Omar Khadr were repatriated to Canada.
Doreen Mueller made the admission Tuesday under repeated grilling from Federal Court of Appeal judges on why the Canadian government refuses to seek the return of the Canadian terror suspect from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

-------- and also from the Vancouver Sun.

The Conservative government will ask an appeal panel to overturn a court order to press the United States for Khadr's return from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the 22-year-old Toronto native has been detained for almost seven years.
The appeal court has put the repatriation order on hold, pending the outcome of the government challenge.
Government lawyers, in written arguments, rejected a landmark Federal Court ruling which, for the first time, ordered a government to seek repatriation of a citizen held by a foreign country.

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