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A chronological look at Omar Khadr's long legal odyssey

05/14/2015 05:16 EDT | Updated 05/14/2016 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - A look at the long legal odyssey of Canadian-born Omar Khadr:

July 27, 2002: Khadr throws a grenade that kills U.S. Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer during an attack on a terrorist compound. Khadr, then 15, is wounded in the fight and taken prisoner

October 2002: Khadr is transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

February 2003: Investigators from the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) interview Khadr at Guantanamo.

Aug. 10, 2005: A Federal Court judge says Canadian agencies, including CSIS, are violating Khadr’s charter rights by turning information gleaned in interviews over to U.S. investigators.

Nov. 7, 2005: The U.S. military charges Khadr with conspiracy, attempted murder and aiding the enemy in connection with the deadly 2002 skirmish that killed Speer.

March 17, 2008: Khadr alleges he was threatened with rape and violence by interrogators seeking to extract a confession.

May 23, 2008: The Supreme Court of Canada concludes that Canadian officials illegally shared information about Khadr with the U.S.

Aug. 14, 2009: The Federal Court of Appeal upholds ruling that requires the Canadian government to press for Khadr’s return from Guantanamo Bay.

Jan. 29, 2010: Canada’s Supreme Court overturns court orders requiring the Canadian government try to repatriate Khadr, despite agreeing that Khadr’s human rights are being violated.

Aug. 9, 2010: Khadr officially pleads not guilty to five war crimes charges, including murder, at a pre-trial hearing. Judge Col. Patrick Parrish rules Khadr’s confessions will be admissible as evidence.

Oct. 25, 2010: Amid talk of an agreement, Khadr changes his plea to guilty on all five counts; gets opportunity to apply for a transfer to a Canadian prison after one year in a U.S. facility.

Oct. 31, 2010: Khadr is sentenced to 40 years in prison for war crimes but a pre-trial deal limits the actual sentence to eight years.

April 2012: U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta signs off on Khadr’s transfer.

Sept. 29, 2012: A U.S. military airplane brings Khadr back to Canada. He is transferred to the Millhaven Institution near Kingston.

April 28, 2013: Khadr’s lawyer says he plans to appeal the terrorism convictions.

May 28, 2013: Khadr is transferred to the maximum security Edmonton Institution.

Sept. 23, 2013: An Edmonton judge hears arguments on whether Khadr is actually serving a youth sentence and should be transferred to a provincial jail.

Oct. 18, 2013: Khadr is denied a transfer to a provincial jail.

Feb. 11, 2014: Khadr’s lawyer confirms his client has been transferred out of the federal maximum security prison in Edmonton to Bowden Institution, a medium-security prison near the town of Innisfail.

July 8, 2014: Alberta’s Appeal Court grants an application that Khadr to be transferred to a provincial jail, but his lawyers later consent to a stay of the ruling.

March 26, 2015: Khadr asks for bail pending outcome of his appeal in the United States of his conviction for war crimes.

April 24, 2015: Albert judge grants on Khadr’s bail application.

May 14, 2015: The Supreme Court of Canada, in a speedy ruling from the bench, rejects a government effort to have Khadr ruled an adult offender. The justices say he should serve his time in a provincial jail, not a federal prison.