Khadr mother, brother arrive in Canada

Members of Khadr family return to Canada from Pakistan despite admitted ties to al-Qaeda

Two members of a Canadian family linked to al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden arrived in Toronto Friday.

Maha Elsamnah Khadr and her 14-year-old son Karim landed at Pearson International Airport from Pakistan. Wearing a white veil covering most of her face, Maha Elsamnah said "I have no connections to al-Qaeda."

The Canadian government granted emergency passports to the two so Karim could receive medical treatment.

Maha Elsamnah and Karim, who was in a wheelchair, were taken through a crowd of reporters and government officials to a waiting van.

Karim was paralysed in a shootout with Pakistani troops during a raid against an al-Qaeda stronghold along the Afghanistan border in the fall of 2003. His father, suspected al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Said Khadr, was killed in the raid.

Another son, 21-year-old Abdurahman Khadr, has admitted the family knew bin Laden and that some of the Khadr sons attended terrorist training camps.

He has been fighting in Canada to have his mother and injured brother returned from Pakistan for medical treatment.

The elder Khadr's widow and daughter have told CBC News they supported Ahmed Said and see him as a martyr.

They have been trying for months to get Canadian travel documents so they could return to Canada. Ottawa has been reluctant to grant their requests because the Khadr family has lost several passports.

Conservative foreign affairs critic Stockwell Day expressed outrage that Ottawa issued the emergency passports to Khadr family members.

"They've been involved with the worst terrorist killer ... of innocent people around the world, which is Osama bin Laden and now we're putting them in business class, bringing them here to Canada for the whole world to see," he said.