Former Guantánamo prisoner challenges detention in Canada

“This government needs to be made accountable for its mistreatment of Omar Khadr when in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and in Canada,” Khadr’s lawyer, Dennis Edney, said in a written statement to the Star.

“[Canada] was complicit with the U.S. in his abuse and torture and it continues to abuse him in Canada by locking him away, in a maximum security prison, as an adult, instead of being treated as a youth.”

The Canadian native pleaded guilty in 2010 to war crimes, including throwing the grenade that killed U.S. Army medic Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan.

U.S. troops captured Khadr, who was then 15 years old and near death, at a suspected al Qaeda compound the day of the attack. Khadr, 26, spent a decade at Guantánamo.

He was transferred to Canada in 2012 as part of his plea agreement, which included the eight-year sentence.

Khadr is being held at a maximum-security facility in Edmonton, Alberta. His brief argues that he should be transferred to a provincial facility and should face different sentencing guidelines as a youth, according to the Star.