February 26, 2019 7:27 am
Updated: February 27, 2019 12:09 am

Omar Khadr wants war crimes sentence expired; judge to decide March 25

WATCH ABOVE: Omar Khadr is asking a Canadian judge to declare his U.S. prison sentence served in full. Fletcher Kent reports.

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An Alberta judge is to rule next month whether former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr should have his eight-year sentence for war crimes declared expired.

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The sentence, which was imposed in 2010 by a military commission in the United States, would have ended last October had Khadr remained in custody.

But the clock stopped ticking when a judge freed him on bail in 2015 pending Khadr’s appeal of his military conviction – a years-long process that has no end in sight.

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His lawyer has told an Edmonton court that Khadr served three years and five months in custody and has been free on bail for another three years and nine months.

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The Crown argued Khadr should serve the remainder of his sentence in the community.

Chief Justice Mary Moreau says she will hand down her decision March 25.

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