Court rejects Abdullah Khadr extradition request - thestar.com
....The surprise decision focused on the fact that the U.S. paid Pakistan a $500,000 (U.S.) bounty for the Canadian’s arrest in Islamabad in 2004 and that Khadr was held for 14 months in what Speyer called an “illegal and arbitrary” detention.
Speyer wrote in his 62-page ruling that the human rights violations suffered by Khadr were “both shocking and unjustifiable.”
“The United States was the driving force behind Khadr’s capture and detention,” Speyer wrote. “The payment of the bounty heavily influenced the ISI (Pakistan’s intelligence agency) to act in accordance with the United States agency’s wishes.”
Khadr claimed he was beaten during his first days of captivity and to stop the abuse he told his Pakistani interrogators what they wanted to hear, later repeating those claims for the U.S. and Canadian agents who followed...
While many Canadians may feel little sympathy toward Khadr, the decision is a reaffirmation that Canada does not condone torturing and abusing people to extract confessions.