Omar Khadr's lawyer says no immediate plan to move client to medium-security prison
Omar Khadr, seen here in a court artist's sketch. (CP / Amanda McRoberts)
Published Friday, January 17, 2014 3:31PM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 17, 2014 6:13PM EST
Lawyer Dennis Edney says his client Omar Khadr will not be transferred to a federal medium-security prison, following a report he said misquoted him.
Edney said that there is no immediate plan to move Khadr out of the maximum-security prison in Edmonton, where he is currently being held. But Edney says he's been told his client may eventually be moved to the Bowden Institution, a federal medium-security prison located in Innisfail, Alta.
He said the reason for the move is that Khadr has been reclassified as a medium-security inmate, and is no longer supposed to be held in a maximum-security prison.
In 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to five war crimes, including murder for the death of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. He was 15 when he was arrested in 2002 by U.S. forces, after a gun fight in which he was injured and a U.S. soldier was killed.
Khadr was transferred to Canada from the U.S. in September 2012, after spending 10 years in Guantanamo Bay. He is serving the rest of his eight-year sentence in Edmonton.