Sunday, June 22, 2008

McCain backs Khadr's return - if Harper asks

OTTAWA–Senator John McCain says he would favour returning Toronto-born Omar Khadr to Canada from Guantanamo Bay if Prime Minister Stephen Harper requested it.

Khadr, 21, could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of war crime charges, including killing a U.S. soldier during a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002. He was 15 at the time.

At a press conference after his Ottawa speech yesterday, McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said there have been "ongoing discussions" between Canada and the U.S over the handling of Khadr's case.

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