Former Gitmo detainee longs to be normal Canadian

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Associated Press

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 30 at 9:00 PM

TORONTO (AP) — A lawyer for a Canadian who returned home after spending 10 years at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay says her client is desperate to be a normal, contributing member of society.

Lawyer Brydie Bethell said Sunday that Omar Khadr could barely believe he was finally back in Canada.

Khadr, 26, the last Western detainee at Guantanamo, was transferred from the U.S. military prison in Cuba to a maximum security facility in Ontario on Saturday.

Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan and was eligible to return to Canada from Guantanamo last October under terms of a plea deal.

Khadr was 15 when he was captured in 2002 in Afghanistan after being wounded in a gunfight with U.S. soldiers.

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