Queen's University

Omar Khadr

2010-11-03

Queen’s University law professor Nick Bala can talk about the Omar Khadr’s possible transfer to the Canadian prison system.

Professor Bala is an expert in youth justice and can discuss various issues related to his likely transfer to Canada, as well as how to rehabilitate the convicted war criminal who some say should be treated as a child soldier.

“If he comes to Canada, he would be able to gain the benefit of the Canadian corrections and parole system once he arrives here. The eight years Khadr served in Guantanamo Bay and the fact that he was a minor when he was apprehended in Afghanistan in 2002 will very likely play a role in an eventual parole hearing, so he is likely going to be out of jail within a few years,” says Professor Bala. “You can say he is a terrorist, but we still need to know how he is going to be rehabilitated and re-integrated into Canadian society.”

Professor Bala will be available after 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and will be unavailable between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca, or Kristyn Wallace at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 or kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca at News and Media Services, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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