Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal, has written on May 3:
“With last-minute legal manoeuvres, the federal government will try to prevent the release of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr on bail on Tuesday in an Edmonton courtroom.
Edney also revealed for the first time that despite his young age when imprisoned, Khadr underwent the controversial torture of waterboarding or simulated drowning during his time in the U.S military prison in Guantanamo Bay. He also underwent three weeks of intense sleep deprivation, before Canadian officials interrogated him.
Khadr reported several abuses, including sleep deprivation, stress positions and being hung by his arms for extended periods of time, Edney said.
Corrections Canada recently reclassified him as a minimum security prisoner. He is eligible for a parole hearing in June.
Edney is eager to see his client enjoying his freedom.
“I’m just thinking how he wants to ride a bike, go swimming, ordinary things in life,” said Edney who has been Khadr’s lawyer for more than a decade.”
- read the full article by Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal | May 3, 2015: Federal government expected to try to block Omar Khadr’s release
For facts and sources in the Omar Khadr case see: FACTSHEET OMAR KHADR | Omar’s Long Journey Towards Freedom