Candian Muslim Brotherhood Wants Return of Guantanamo Detainee


Canadian media is reporting that group representing the Canadian Muslim Brotherhood have signed a letter seeking the return of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadrsought. According to one report:

Advocates seeking the return of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadrsought to pressure the Conservative government today with the release of a letter signed by 185 groups and individuals, representing a range of Canadian community leaders, academics, human rights advocates and civil liberties organizations. Khadr, a Canadian citizen charged in the death of a U.S. army medic during a gunfight in Afghanistan, is the only remaining Westerner still imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, the military prison that U.S. President Barack Obama is shutting down. An open letter released today by the Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to respond to the move by Obama with an offer to repatriate Khadr in order to rehabilitate him and re-integrate him into Canadian society. The letter is copied to the leaders of the three Opposition parties as well. Signed by Muslim and non-Muslim lawyers, academics, and public policy commentators, the letter says Harper’s silence and inaction on Khadr’s case is much different than his approach to other cases, and suggests it is motivated by a lack of regard for Muslim Canadians. “Silence is no longer an option. We believe that your inaction with regards to this important case, compared to your active involvement in other cases (such as the repatriation of Brenda Martin from Mexico), has been, rightly or wrongly, interpreted by the Muslim community as indicative that your government considers Canadian Muslims to be second-class citizens.” The letter, signed by CAIR-CAN’s executive director Ihsaan Gardee on behalf of a long list of signatories, says Harper should counter the “growing perception within the Muslim community” and seek Khadr’s return…..Among the groups which signed are Arab Canadian Lawyers Association, Canadian Arab Federation, Canadian Islamic Congress, Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association, International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group and the Salaheddin Islamic Centre. Individual signatories include: Amnesty International Canada’s Alex Neve, and three of four other Canadians once detained and tortured in Syria – Ahmad Abou-Elmaati, Maher Arar, and Muayyed Nuredin. Also signing the letter are NDP MP Libby Davies, former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis, University of Windsor law professor David Tanovich, Queen’s University professor Don Stuart, former B.C. Human Rights commission director Kathleen Ruff, and several lawyers involved in other national security cases.

Cair-Canada, whose Executive Director signed the letter on behalf of all the signatories, is the Canadian branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations whose founders and current leaders were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood and part of the Hamas infrastructure in the U.S. The background and affiliations of the President of the Canadian Islamic Congress is also suggestive of close ties to the U.S. and global Muslim Brotherhood.

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