Omar Khadr released on bail

Steven Blaney says he regrets ‘that a convicted terrorist has been allowed back into society’

CBC News | May 07, 2015

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says his Conservative government is not happy that Omar Khadr was freed on bail by an Edmonton judge.

« We are disappointed by the decisions of the court, because we feel that victims should be considered in those decisions, » he said from the Dorval airport in Quebec.

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National Muslim council reacts

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) was quick to react to the news that Khadr had been released on bail saying his release was « long overdue. »

« Today’s decision is consistent with the rule of law, » said NCCM executive director Ihsaan Gardee.

« We hope that with his release Khadr can begin a new chapter in his life and reintegrate as a positive and contributing member of our society.

« Canadians should be deeply disturbed that the rights of a fellow citizen — even one whose family and name are unpopular — were so callously abused and ignored…. »