Canada Appeals Release from Detention of an Older Al Qaeda Khadr Brother
Canadian lawyer Dennis Ednay, Abudullah Khadr after Release from detention Aug. 4, 2010
We have posted frequently about the Omar Khadr Guantanamo tribunal case. You may recall that Omar Khadr, a Canadian Afghan, was convicted to a 40 year term by the military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay for his murder of US Army medic Sfc. Christopher Speer in the July 2002 battle at the Taliban fortress of Khost in Afghanistan. Omar Khadr was a 15 year old teenage Al Qaeda warrior who “killed his American “was captured given life saving treatment by US coalition medical teams at Bagram air base and eventually transferred as a detainee to Guantanamo. His 40 year sentence was commuted to eight years, only one of which is to be served in Guantanamo Bay, in a plea deal brokered between our State Department and the Canadian Foreign Ministry. Now, the question remains as to whether Canada will have him serve the rest of his seven years in custody. Will Omar Khadr, now age 24, return to the Toronto-based family’s notorious al Qaeda traditions upon his release, and use the infrastructure his father set up in Canada to give al-Qaeda a popular leader with street credibility for having killed an American soldier and laid mines to kill more? Will Khadr be the face of legitimacy for al-Qaeda North America or will he turn away from the family to whom he had remained close? What does the Canadian government think?
His older brother Abdullah, aged 29, who was released by a liberal Ontario court decision last August, was back in court, Friday, given an appeal of the Ontario Superior Court decision brought by the Ottawa government. This Vancouver Sun report, “Federal government appeals release of Khadr brother,”reveals why the Canadian federal government and ours are concerned about Abdullah Khadr’s release from detention in Canada.
Khadr, 29, is the eldest son of Ahmed Said Khadr, an al-Qaida financier who was killed by Pakistan forces and the older brother of Omar Khadr, the only Canadian still held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after he pleaded guilty to terrorism offences at a military tribunal.
Lawyers for the attorney general will argue that Ontario Superior Justice Chris Speyer put national and international security at risk by releasing Abdullah Khadr.
The elder Khadr is currently wanted in the U.S. for charges of procuring weapons for al-Qaida.
The U.S. case was centered on a number of statements it's alleged that he made to the FBI and RCMP about being involved in an assassination plot against the prime minister of Pakistan. Khadr says the confession was made in 2005 while he was being detained and tortured in Pakistan.
During his extradition hearing last fall, Khadr told a Toronto court that authorities had also threatened violence against his family.
He has always maintained his innocence but did admit to attending a camp in Afghanistan when he was 13. The camp, he says, was not a terrorism camp but part of ``Muslim culture'' and it was where he learned to use guns, explosives and rocket and grenade launchers.
Khadr was arrested in Pakistan in 2004 after the U.S. government issued a $500,000 US bounty for his capture. He was denied access to a lawyer for three months and held a total of 14 months in Pakistan without charges. During this time he was interrogated by Pakistani, Canadian and U.S. officials. He had been held at a Toronto detention centre for the past five years until his release in August.
The Khadr family immigrated to Canada in 1977.
The Abdullah Khadr saga and Canada’s appeal are interesting for a number of reasons.
First, Canada has had their own major Islamist terror plots and does not need someone with arms smuggling contacts, infrastructure, and street cred hanging out in Toronto.
Second, the Canadian court ordered him released two months before Omar Khadr’s trial, which revealed new information shedding light on him as highly dangerous. Canadians took note and the government may have buyer's remorse about what role the growing Khadr clan can assume in exploiting Canadian freedoms.
Third, Abdullah is represented by Dennis Edney – who just happens to be Omar Khadr’s Canadian attorney. Omar Khadr’s continuing relationship to his radicalized family is at the heart of his whether one can risk his return to Canada. The Canadian government would simply be crazy to allow the family’s reunification. With the legal effort for the family moving in tight coordination, the Canadian government has every reason to believe that Khadr attorneys are whitewashing the inevitable return of Omar Khadr to his Jihadist family, which expects Omar to be the leader upon his release.
Fourth, the precariousness of Khadr disavowals to Jihad can be appreciated in the photograph below. Many avid Khadr watchers would note that another brother, Abdurrahman outed the Khadr family in a PBS Frontline special. He spoke then of turning his back on al-Qaeda and working even for the CIA. He then left the CIA to return to his Canadian family, and his Canadian sister spoke on camera:
“The hardest thing to deal with is my brother Abdur-Rahman, when he went on TV and said he was working for the CIA. …What he did was very, very painful, and for sometime we would just sit and think all that my dad has been building for the past ten years, he had just broken it and we would have to start from zero again.”
Abdurrahman cast a lonely figure in the PBS piece, seemingly alienated from his family. He spoke of how his father told him that if he had betrayed the family, “I’ll kill you myself.”
Well, alienated no more. In the above photo, talking on the phone and leaving court in his brother Abdullah’s entourage is, you guessed it, Abdurrahman.
Color us skeptical about Omar’s future when he returns to Canada. The first family of al-Qaeda will have a new leader, coronated by his family and getting media rehabilitation from propagandists like Michelle Shepard of The Toronto Star, whose bio of Khadr and appearance at at least one “free Omar” prompted even her Twitter fans to remark that she marry Omar upon his release. When you follow the Khadr family, expect the unexpected. Perhaps that’s why the Canadians and their government are nervous.
Posted on 04/10/2011 5:07 PM by Jerry Gordon
11 Apr 2011 David
It seems to be the same story in the whole of the Western World. In Europe, Britain, the United States, Canada and many other places; the "radical" Muslims simply use the freedoms that have been hard won by generations of decent people; to further their own agenda of violence, intimidation, killing, and ultimately they hope, the Islamification of the entire West. For them it is their duty; their Koran tells them that the whole world must become Islamic, and their reward is a heavenly brothel! When will our leaders wake up? They are too drunk on oil and Arab money, to see the truth glaring at them in the face. If something isn't done to curb this Islamification of the West, there wonâ€™t be a disaster; there will be a total catastrophe and the catastrophe with be for us all: Muslims included. When politicians ignore the people, eventually the people ignore the politicians and begin to take matters into their own hands. Already in Europe there are â€œDefence Leaguesâ€� and their equivalents, whatever they call themselves, being formed all over Europe. The politicians always label them all as â€œFar Right Wingâ€� but never ask them why they are organising. The name calling doesnâ€™t stop the fact that they are organising against a threat which they perceive to be extremely dangerous, and which they are prepared to do extreme violence to combat it. People have always done this throughout history in order to defend their way of life, and the result has always been very bloody, utterly merciless, and absolutely tragic. What fools we have as â€œleaders"! Or perhaps they are simply traitors? After all every man has his price â€“ especially in the ambitious political world, and in Britain three prime ministers in a row have committed High Treason in actual reality, not theory, by signing away vast swathes of sovereignty to a foreign power: the EU. The EU is blind to everything but itâ€™s own agenda, which is Marxist, extremely undemocratic, authoritarian and very dictatorial; and they will stop at nothing to achieve their â€œProjectâ€� - (the unification of Europe), whether the Europeans want it or not; and as a European I can tell you that Europeans most definitely do not want to be unified with each other. Trade: yes. Unification: no. But all this stupidity takes attention away from the real threat: which is in a word â€œIslamificationâ€�. As for the politically correct and the left wing: think about this: do muslims in Saudi Arabia and most other Muslim countries allow Churches, or Buddhist Temples to be built let alone used, in their countries? The answer is obvious, of course they donâ€™t! When theyâ€™ve finished with you left wingers, theyâ€™ll kill you too when they have no further use for you; unless you want to become a subservient convert. In which case God help you when you inevitably slip back into being what you really are. Sharia Law punishments are extremely unpleasant even to witness, let alone suffer â€“ they are intended to be. If you donâ€™t believe me, if you can stomach it, have a look at the multitude of videos which show stonings, hangings - invariable without any drop, resulting in slow strangulation. Savage beatings while the victim is held down by two men; while a third beats the victim mercilessly. Can you watch the public beheadings, and the amputation of hands? As for women on the left wing: say goodbye to all of your rights, as women are treated as mere chattels who are owned by men, who can treat them as badly as they like. We are all in extremely grave danger of sleep walking into a new, extremely dark age â€“ what ridiculous fools we have become.