From the age of eleven, Omar Khadr was sent by his father to an Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan.
Twenty years ago, on July 27, 2002, Omar Khadr, a 15-year-old Canadian, was arrested in Afghanistan after a battle between the American army and the Taliban. Reports from our archives remind us of this affair, the details of which took a long time to become known to the public.
It's on the Radiojournal of 5 September 2002 that the first mention of the case of young Omar Khadr was made, more than a month after his arrest in Afghanistan.
Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs has revealed that a Canadian teenager has been detained in Afghanistan by the US military for several weeks, announces presenter Isabelle Poulin.
Omar Khadr in 2003, while imprisoned in Guantanamo.
< p class="e-p">In her report, journalist Nicole Chiasson points out that the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Omar Khadr remain unclear. The young Canadian of Pakistani origin was reportedly captured following a fight in which an American soldier was killed.
Canada has not yet had the #x27; authorization to speak to his national, mentions the journalist. Also injured in this clash, Omar Khadr is being held at Bagram Air Base.
“Minister Bill Graham says the inmate has been visited by the Red Cross and the youth is being treated well. »
— Journalist Nicole Chiasson
The Americans also have their sights set on the father of Omar Khadr, whom they accuse of having links with Osama bin Laden. In 1995, Ahmed Said Khadr was arrested in Pakistan for his involvement in a bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad.
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien had intervened with the Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto so that he received the same treatment as any Canadian detainee, specifies the journalist.
In the middle of the war against terrorism, his son Omar Khadr will not be entitled to this type of intervention from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
In October 2002, the Canadian detainee was transferred to the American prison from Guantanamo Bay. He will be incarcerated there for ten years.
Journalist Nathalie Cloutier recounts the journey of Omar Khadr which led him to Guantanamo until his repatriation by Canada.
In this report on the Téléjournal of September 29, 2012, journalist Nathalie Cloutier recounts the journey of Omar Khadr which led him to Guantanamo.
Born in Toronto in 1986, Omar Khadr is the fifth child of Ahmed Said Khadr, a close associate of Osama bin Laden. When he was young, he moved with his family to Peshawar, Pakistan.
When the Taliban took power in Kabul, Ahmed Said Khadr sent his sons to train in Afghanistan. Omar Khadr was eleven years old when he took part in an Al-Qaeda training camp for the first time.
In 2002, he fought alongside a group of Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, reports journalist Nathalie Cloutier. He is fifteen years old and his life is about to change.
During his incarceration in Guantanamo prison, the young Canadian detainee was tortured, deprived of sleep and kept in solitary confinement for months.
In 2003 and 2004, without Canadian consular services, without a lawyer and without any charges against him, the teenager was questioned by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). A painful encounter during which Omar Khadr sees his slim hopes vanish when he realizes that CSIS agents are not there to help him, but to extract information from him on behalf of the Americans.
This interrogation will be considered cruel in the two judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada which will confirm in 2008 and 2010 that the Canadian government has violated the rights of Omar Khadr.
If the young Canadian detainee was transferred to Guantanamo prison, it was to allow the American government of George W. Bush to bring him before an exceptional court, without being subject to the American federal judicial system.
It was not until November 7, 2005 that Omar Khadr, the only survivor of his group, was formally accused of having thrown the grenade that killed American Sergeant Christopher Speer during the fight of July 27, 2002.
Report by Marc Godbout on the announcement of the repatriation to Canada of Omar Khadr who was previously detained in Guantanamo.
On September 29, 2012, Omar Khadr was transferred to Canadian authorities, as evidenced by this report in the Téléjournal of September 29, 2012. The information is confirmed in a brief point of press release from federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.
Detained since the age of fifteen, the youngest and last Westerner to be imprisoned at Guantanamo was begging for Canada's protection in what had become one of the most embarrassing international issues for the Canadian government, says journalist Marc Godbout .
Before a special American court, the Canadian detainee had first pleaded his innocence. Threatened with life imprisonment, he then accepted, on the advice of his lawyers, a guilty plea which made him eligible for a transfer to Canada with an eight-year prison sentence.
Short of legal options and faced with pressure from the American authorities, Stephen Harper's government had no choice but to repatriate him.
Omar Khadr who spent a decade at Guantanamo is now here, concludes the journalist. He is now a Canadian prisoner.
Incarcerated at the maximum-security Millhaven Penitentiary in Ontario to serve the remainder of his sentence, Omar Khadr was eligible to apply for parole the following year.
Any decision related to his future will be determined independently by the Parole Board, assures Minister Vic Toews.
Report by Frédéric Arnould on the release of Omar Khadr who addresses the media. The news bulletin is presented by Céline Galipeau.
Omar Khadr is a free man tonight, announces Céline Galipeau on Téléjournalfrom May 7, 2015. This child soldier, now a 28-year-old man, tastes freedom for the first time in 13 years, much to the chagrin of the Harper government, which has always refused this idea.
Free for only a few hours, Omar Khadr spoke to the media alongside his lawyer Dennis Edney. He and his wife have agreed to house him while he is released on bail, which involves a curfew, limited and supervised access and the wearing of an electronic bracelet.
We saw and heard a peaceful young man, smiling, happy to finally have the chance to show who he really is, underlines the head of the Téléjournal antenna.
The release of Omar Khadr disappoints Stephen Harper's government, mentions journalist Frédéric Arnould in his report. The Alberta judge who handled her case, however, did not accept the arguments of the federal government. The latter ruled that the release of Omar Khadr would constitute a threat to public security and would harm Canada's good relations with other countries.
On his treatment by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Omar Khadr says: I'm a better person than he thinks.
In July 2017, Justin Trudeau's government turns the page on the Omar Khadr case offering him an official apology on behalf of Canada as well as financial compensation to end the litigation on the violation of his fundamental rights.
It is in this context that host Anne-Marie Dussault talks with Omar Khadr in an exclusive interview broadcast on the show 24 heures en 60 minutes of July 10, 2017.
Special segment with an interview with Omar Khadr about his journey, his legal battle and his plans for the future. The interview is conducted by journalist and host Anne-Marie Dussault.
Omar Khadr is the first child soldier to be convicted of war crimes and the only foreign national detained in Guantanamo not to have been repatriated voluntarily by its government, recalls the host in the introduction to this special edition of 24/60.
In this long interview recorded at Omar Khadr's home in Toronto, Anne-Marie Dussault discusses with him the new chapter of life that is opening up for him.
Omar Khadr must face the controversy surrounding his agreement with the Canadian government, but hopes that Canadians will grow from this experience while having the possibility of restoring his reputation.
Let's hope that this trial of public opinion will be less harmful to me, he expresses in English.
Omar Khadr does not want to talk too much about his ordeal at Guantanamo and his painful interrogation with CSIS. He says he is proud of the Canadian justice system, which he considers to be impartial and capable of keeping itself out of political influence.
He also does not wish to fight against the labels of terrorist, murderer and son of the first Canadian family of terrorists that are attached to him. I try to focus on what I can change now, he explains. I am mostly busy catching up and building a life for myself.
Omar Khadr, who is finishing high school, aspires to work in the health field to help others in turn.
“I don't want to be Omar Khadr, the child soldier or ex-Guantanamo detainee . I want to be Omar the student or the nurse or the human rights activist.
—Omar Khadr in 2017
To young people drawn to jihadism, Omar Khadr sends this message: Educate yourself. Recognize your identity. Don't ignore it, but understand it by also developing your critical thinking.
Often gestures are driven solely by emotions. They are important, but they alone cannot guide our choices, concludes Omar Khadr in 2017.
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