By Jeremy Herb - 08/13/13 05:03 PM EDT
“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.
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.