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Canada rejects US extradition request
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 02:26:05 GMT
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A Canadian court has rejeced a US extradition request for Abdullah Khadr.
A Toronto judge has ordered the release of Abdullah Khadr and stayed an extradition hearing requested by the US, which has charged the 28-year-old with terrorism.

The United States Central Intelligence Agency had paid Pakistani authorities $500,000 to capture and detain Khadr in October 2004, Canada's CTV News reported on Wednesday.

He was held captive in Pakistan for the next 14 months without charge.

While in custody in Pakistan, Khadr is said to have made incriminating statements to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

His attorneys say their client was tortured while held captive in Pakistan to compel him to make a confession.

Khadr has said that Pakistani agents brutally beat him during the first two weeks of his captivity and he told them what they wanted to hear in order to stop the torture.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Christopher Speyer said that the evidence brought against Khadr by US agents was “manifestly unreliable.”

Reading from his 62-page decision, Judge Speyer found the US guilty of violating basic principles of justice.

“Although Khadr may have possessed information of intelligence value, he is still entitled to the safeguards and benefit of the law, and not to arbitrary and illegal detention in a secret detention center where he was subjected to physical abuse,” Speyer's decision read.

“The sum of the human rights violations suffered by Khadr is both shocking and unjustifiable,” he declared.

In his criticism of the United States' “gross misconduct,” Judge Speyer blamed the US for being the “driving force” behind Khadr's unlawful detention, during which he was given no access to attorneys as well as delayed access to the Canadian consulate.

“This is a case where, in difficult times, the reality of intelligence objectives collides with the protection of individual rights and the rule of law,” Speyer wrote.

Khadr's younger brother Omar is in US custody at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay on charges of war crimes. Omar was arrested at the age of 15 in July 2002. He is now days away from standing trial at Guantanamo and could face a life sentence if found guilty.

Both Abdullah and Omar Khadr are the sons of alleged al Qaeda financier Ahmed Said Khadr, who was a close ally of Osama bin Laden, CTV News reported.

Ahmed Said Khadr was killed by Pakistani forces in 2003.

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