Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said he hopes the parole board will put “robust conditions” in place if it does let him out. More than once on Saturday, Toews reminded reporters that Khadr is a “convicted terrorist.” The Toronto-born Khadr was 15 when he was accused of killing an American medic during a firefight in Afghanistan. While the Harper Conservatives have branded him a hardcore terrorist, while the Liberals and NDP say Khadr should be treated as a child soldier.
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…Dr. Steven Xenakis, a U.S. Army psychiatrist who spent more than 200 hours with Khadr since 2008 assessing him for his military defence, said he is no threat to Canadian society.
The prosecution’s appointed psychiatrist reached the opposite conclusion, but Dr. Xenakis said his colleague assessed Khadr with a bias.
Based on his own experience with Khadr, and looking at transcripts of the prosecution’s psychiatrist’s interviews, Dr. Xenakis concludes Khadr is a “very decent” man.
“He’s gentle. And very mannered. He is a remarkable individual considering the experiences that he’s had and what he has had to endure. … I feel confident in evaluating and stating clearly that Omar Khadr does not have a history of violent and aggressive conduct.
“And that as best as anybody can tell, he is a very minimal risk if a risk at all for being dangerous or somehow imperiling the security of Canada,” Dr. Xenakis said.