Friday, September 4, 2009

Government's position unchanged

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson would not answer questions Friday on the decision.

But in a statement, Canada's Foreign Affairs Department said the federal government's position on Khadr's case remains unchanged and that Ottawa has consistently stated that he faces serious charges.

"As the matter is currently under litigation, we will provide no further comment at this time," said the statement released by Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon's spokeswoman, Catherine Loubier.

The statement then went on to state the government's position that it was in Canada's "interest" to wait for the United States to make a decision on Khadr's case.

"As you know the Obama administration has recently taken decisions to proceed with the closure of Guantanamo, halt the judiciary process and also to evaluate each of the cases," it said. "It is in our interest to wait for the outcome of these decisions just put forward by President Obama.

"The government of Canada has taken its responsibilities with regards to Mr. Khadr, and we will also take our responsibilities when the U.S. government shares its decision on this case."

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