Citizenship Group Objects To Khadr’s Return
Ottawa: According to a report done by Theresponsiblecitizen.org, based on statistics published in the Correctional Services Canada’s Annual Report on International Transfers, it is highly improbable that Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews would approve convicted terrorist, Omar Khadr’s application to come to Canada.
According to the 2009-2010 Annual Report, the latest data available on the Correctional Services Canada website, of 1290 applications filed for transfer between 2005-2010, only 17.75% (n=229) have resulted in a transfer, while 46.53% (598) were denied. The rest of applications are either still being processed or have been withdrawn.
The majority of these denials were based either on section 10.2(a) of the ITOA, “whether, in the Minister’s opinion, the offender will, after the transfer, commit a terrorism offence or criminal organization offence within the meaning of section 2 of the Criminal Code” and/or section 10.1(a) of the ITOA, “whether the offender’s return to Canada would constitute a threat to the security of Canada”.
If the applicant is serving a sentence for a serious offense(s) such as homicide, attempted murder, murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, narcotics trafficking, attempt to import and export or such offence that is indictable in Criminal Code of Canada, there is a compellingly high chance, as high as 92% chance, that he/she would be outright rejected on public safety grounds.
Only 1 application has resulted in a transfer in 2009-2010.
The organization has called on Minister Vic Toews to reject Omar Khadr as they believe he poses a grave threat to Canadian public safety.
In a press release, it stated: “If not, urge Minister Toews to, at the very least, make his entry to Canada conditional, based on his acceptance or failure, to declare under oath in public, that he denounces his father’s ideology of al Qaeda, renounces the doctrine of armed jihad and affirms the murder of U.S. medic Christopher Speer as an act of a war crime.”
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