Canadian teen headed for Guantanamo

By Joseph Farah

The 16-year-old Canadian youth accused of murdering an American soldier in Afghanistan soon will be transferred to the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military base in Cuba along with 26 other prisoners, according to WorldNetDaily intelligence sources.

Omar Khadr of Toronto is accused of killing a U.S. Special Forces medic July 28, as WorldNetDaily first reported exclusively.

The U.S. and Canada sparred over the fate of the Toronto youth, 15 at the time of the killing. The U.S. military believes he and his family are tied closely to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network. He has been held at the U.S. military headquarters in Bagram, Afghanistan, north of the capital city of Kabul.

In all, some 67 prisoners are currently held at Bagram.

The Canadian government had been pressuring Washington for the return of its citizen, while the U.S. government continues to grill Khadr on the death of Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, 28. Khadr sustained serious injuries in the altercation with the medic.

Khadr is the son of Ahmed Saeed Khadr, a Canadian citizen whom the U.S. has also accused of having direct ties to bin Laden. The Khadr incident has proved embarrassing to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who once intervened on behalf of the father.

The father was arrested in 1995 in connection with a bomb at the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad – a suicide attack that killed 17. According to the Ottawa Citizen, a Canadian Security Intelligence Service report says Khadr is “alleged to have moved … money through” Human Concern International, a Canadian relief agency, “from Afghanistan to Pakistan to pay for the operation.”

Chretien pressed then-Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto during a trade mission to give Khadr due process in Canada.

“I wanted to very clearly make sure that due process is followed in this case, and they gave me all the guarantees that I could have expected,” Chretien was quoted by the Ottawa Citizen as saying at the time.

In October 2001, just after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Canadian treasury department ordered the freezing of the elder Khadr’s assets. He was running the Afghan operations of a relief group that is said to be a front organization for bin Laden’s terrorist network.

Khadr has denied all links to terrorism, insisting he is simply an aid worker. After his 1995 arrest, the Canadian International Development Agency suspended funding of Human Concern International projects.

Intelligence sources tell WorldNetDaily that Khadr’s wife, Maha Elsamnah, also is suspected of being involved in terrorist financing.

The Egyptian-born father, 53, was graduated from the University of Ottawa with a computer engineering degree in the early 1980s. Khadr and his wife became Canadian citizens in the mid-1970s. They have six children, but, according to the Ottawa Citizen, the couple has not lived in Canada since the mid-1990s.

Khadr and his wife are listed as joint directors of a charitable business called Health and Education Project International, an organization that claims to deliver aid to “orphans, widows and needy Afghans,” according to the Ottawa Citizen.

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