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No plan for Khadr, Obama tells Ignatieff
The Gazette

U.S. President Barack Obama indicated to Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on Thursday that there is no special review, let alone immediate release, in the works for Omar Khadr, the only Canadian imprisoned in the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay.

Ignatieff, who had written to Obama with the other opposition leaders seeking Khadr’s immediate release, said the president told him all the Guantanamo prisoners are being categorized based on their level of danger, and indicated there will be no « imminent » decisions.

Ignatieff and leaders of the New Democratic Party and Bloc Quebecois have appealed together for treatment of Khadr as a child soldier and for his repatriation to Canada. He has been held in Guantanamo since he was 16, charged with killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan during a firefight.

Before Obama’s visit, the prime minister’s office said Harper would not be raising the issue of Khadr, and stands by its long-held position that his fate is in American hands.