Omar Khadr not a high-level threat, ombudsman argues
Office of the Correctional Investigator says inmate unfairly classed as maximum security risk
Canada's prison ombudsman has accused corrections officials of ignoring some information and unfairly branding Omar Khadr as a maximum security inmate.
The Office of the Correctional Investigator is urging prison officials to take another look at the former Guantanamo Bay inmate's classification.
In his letter, Ivan Zinger says Khadr has shown no evidence of problematic behaviour and there is no reason he could not be safely managed at a lower security level.
He also notes the Americans had categorized him as minimum security.
Khadr was transferred to Canada last September to serve out the remainder of an eight-year U.S. sentence for war crimes committed in Afghanistan when he was 15.
Khadr spent the next several months in segregation at the maximum security Millhaven penitentiary in Ontario before transferring to an Edmonton prison in late May.
Prison officials have defended the maximum-security classification, arguing among other things that Khadr poses a moderate escape risk.
Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney released a statement Sunday reiterating how seriously Canada considers Khadr's offences.
"Omar Ahmed Khadr pleaded guilty to heinous crimes, including the murder of American Army medic Sergeant Christopher Speer," he said. "The Government of Canada will vigorously defend against any attempted court action to lessen his punishment for these crimes."
With files from CBC News