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Omar Khadr is denied unsupervised contact with radical sister

Omar Khadr is denied unsupervised contact with radical sister”

The lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr says his client is "disappointed" that an Alberta judge decided not to ease restrictions on his ability to travel or a requirement that he have a supervisor when contacting his older sister Zaynab, who has previously expressed support for al Qaeda.

A hearing to consider loosening Khadr's bail restrictions pending an appeal of his conviction by a US military commission for war crimes was originally scheduled for August 31 in Edmonton, but was rescheduled for Friday at 9 a.m. MT, according to a tweet from Khadr's lawyer Nate Whitling.

In 2005, Zaynab was investigated by RCMP for allegedly aiding al-Qaida, but no charges were filed. She is now reportedly living in Sudan with her fourth husband, but is planning a visit to Canada.

Omar said there's no evidence his sister did anything wrong, instead the media made it look like she did. But Khadr can now use Internet-connected devices such as smartphones, "which will make life a lot easier for him", said Whitling.

The Toronto-born Khadr spent years in US detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15 and accused of tossing a grenade that killed special forces soldier Christopher Speer at a militant compound in Afghanistan in 2002.

In 2010, he was sentenced to eight years following a United States military hearing in which he agreed to plead guilty to murdering a U.S. soldier in violation of the laws of war, attempted murder, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism and spying. He has said he entered the plea to try to get out of Guantanamo, where he says he was mistreated, and into the Canadian justice system.

As part of the agreement, he was sent home to Canada in 2012 to serve the remainder of his sentence. The Supreme Court had ruled in 2010 that Ottawa violated his rights by participating in USA interrogations in Guantanamo.

The internet access should prove useful at college in Red Deer, Alta., where Khadr has been accepted to nursing school.

In July, the Canadian government paid him Can$10.5 million to settle a lawsuit.



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