Omar Khadr speaks in Calgary at screening of documentary about his life
Omar Khadr decided to catch a Friday night flick at the Calgary International Film Festival Friday to enjoy his newfound freedom.
What separated him from the other filmgoers is he was watching a portrait of his own life, on-screen at the Globe Theatre — Guantanamo’s Child.
“It’s been a long journey,” Khadr told the audience during a question and answer period held after the film, of getting to this point.
Khadr, now 28, was held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. prison facility in Cuba from the age of 15 in 2002 into adulthood in 2010, for fighting against U.S. troops in Afghanistan, at which time he was transferred to Canada in exchange for a guilty plea to the murder of an American medic.
In May of this year, Khadr was granted bail, pending an appeal over that plea.
Since then, Khadr’s conditions of release have been relaxed — now he isn’t required to wear an electronic monitoring device and he is free to travel.