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Canadian-born child soldier Omar Khadr has been sentenced by U.S. military court to 8 years in custody after a plea bargain saw him plead guilty for war crimes.
Khadr looked start ahead when the judge sentenced him to 8 years, finally putting an end to the case flooding the news media for the past several years. The man, a 15-year old boy when he was picked up in Afghanistan is the son of a major al-Quada figure. He was severely wounded when the Americans picked him up.
His guily plea was to 5 war crimes including murder by throwing a grenade killing a U.S. forces doctor, Sergeant Christopher Speer.
Omar Khadr has also acknowledged to planting 10 roadside bombs, knowing very well that civilians might be injured or killed. He has also admitted to being a member of al-Quada.
After serving 1 year of his sentence in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he could be returned to Canada to finish his sentence off. Serving in Canada gives the high possibility of an early parole. Melissa Lantsman, a foreign affairs spokesperson refused to speculate on the case and Khadr's return to Canada, claiming he would be treated like any other Canadian abroad.
The conservative government and PM Harper have continued to refuse the request of the return of Khadr, whose family is viewed as a group of terrorists.
Before arranging a plea deal with prosecutors, 24-year old Khadr could have faced a life sentence in jail.
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