Dec 21, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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Omar Khadr’s wish has not been granted by an Edmonton judge.
(Shaughn Butts/Postmedia)
Justice June Ross has denied the former Guantanamo Bay detainee’s request for relaxed bail conditions and a Canadian passport.
In giving reasons for her decision, the judge says there’s no evidence of hardship or that the current conditions are needlessly onerous.
Ross also says her decision’s not ”etched in stone” and that Khadr’s bail conditions could change in the future.
He had wanted to be able to travel to Toronto, without approval of his bail supervisor, to visit family more easily and to make court appearances related to a civil lawsuit he faces.
He also wanted unsupervised conversations with his sister and a Canadian passport to make a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The 32-year-old Khadr has been on bail since 2015, pending appeal of his conviction by an American military commission on alleged war crimes.
He pleaded guilty five years earlier to war crimes, including the murder of U.S. special forces soldier Christopher Speer when he was 15, but later said he entered the plea to escape imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay.
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