POLITICS

Reaction on convicted war criminal Omar Khadr's repatriation to Canada

09/29/2012 02:09 EDT | Updated 11/29/2012 05:12 EST
TORONTO - Some notable quotes about the return of Omar Khadr to Canada on Saturday:

"Omar Khadr is a known supporter of the al-Qaida terrorist network and a convicted terrorist. I am satisfied the Correctional Service of Canada can administer Omar Khadr's sentence in a manner which recognizes the serious nature of the crimes that he has committed, and ensure the safety of Canadians is protected during incarceration." — Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.

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"It was finally a time that justice had triumphed over politics. We're at a loss to understand why the government continues to demonize Omar and to stoke public opinion against him. We know him to be a kind, intelligent thoughtful young man who has tremendous potential and we know that he will live up to that." — Khadr's lawyer, John Norris.

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"He's finding it hard to believe that this has finally happened. His spirits are good. He is very, very happy to be home." — Norris on Khadr's reaction.

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"Omar Khadr's return to Canada is long overdue. Mr. Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was a child soldier. It is extremely unfortunate that it took the Conservative government this long to fulfil its responsibility to bring him back to Canada." — Federal Liberal Leader Bob Rae.

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"Omar Khadr's repatriation provides an opportunity for Canada to begin to right a wrong. Canada should also do all it can to hold accountable those who are responsible for his abuse." — Andrea Prasow of Human Rights Watch.

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