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Release No: 784-12
September 29, 2012

Detainee Transfer Announced

           The Department of Defense announced today that Omar Ahmed Khadr was transferred from the detention facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Canada. 

          Omar Khadr pleaded guilty, pursuant to a pre-trial agreement in a military commission, to murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism, and spying. 

          Pursuant to the pre-trial agreement, the convening authority approved an eight-year sentence of confinement.  The pre-trial agreement specifies that one year of confinement must be served in the custody and control of the United States, and that Khadr could be transferred to Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence in accordance with Canadian law. 

          The United States Government has returned Khadr to Canada where he will serve out his remaining sentence.  The United States coordinated with the government of Canada regarding appropriate security and humane treatment measures.  In accordance with statutory reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer Khadr to Canada. 

          Documents related to Khadr’s military commission proceedings are available on the Office of Military Commissions  website at  http://www.mc.mil/ . 

          Today, 166 detainees remain in detention at Guantanamo Bay.

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