Canada blames US for delayed detainee transfer

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Posted: Sep 13, 2012 12:17 PM
Canada blames US for delayed detainee transfer

TORONTO (AP) — Court documents show Canada is blaming the delay in repatriating the last remaining Western detainee at Guantanamo Bay on Washington not giving final approval to the transfer.

Omar Khadr, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, was eligible to return to Canada last October under a plea deal approved by the U.S.

An affidavit filed in Canadian federal court shows that the country's correctional service finished processing the application in October 2011, but Public Safety Minister Vic Toews refused to accept the file until the U.S. formally approves it.

Khadr's lawyer John Norris said Thursday that Toews' refusal to handle the file before receiving formal U.S. approval makes no sense because Washington had already agreed to the transfer at Khadr's trial in October 2010.