Omar Khadr engaged to be married, friend says
Omar Khadr is engaged to be married, a friend of the former Guantanamo Bay inmate has confirmed to CTV News.
The 29-year-old is engaged to an Edmonton human rights activist, the friend told CTV’s Janet Dirks.
A public Facebook post dated April 17 congratulates Omar Khadr and Muna Abougoush on their “upcoming engagement.”
Khadr has been living in Edmonton with his lawyer, Dennis Edney, since he was released on bail last year after nearly 13 years in prison.
Khadr, who was born in Canada, was 15 years old when he was captured by the U.S. military during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002.
He was sent to Guantanamo Bay, where he was charged with war crimes before a U.S. Military Commission.
In October 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to five war crimes, including murder in the death of a U.S. special forces soldier Christopher Speer. Khadr later said that he pleaded guilty to get out of Guantanamo.
He returned to Canada in 2012, under an international transfer treaty. In May 2015, an Alberta judge granted Khadr bail while he appeals his war crimes conviction.
In February, the federal government decided not to pursue an appeal of the Alberta court’s decision to grant Khadr bail.