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Supreme Court will hear appeal over Omar Khadr status

Omar Khadr at a hearing on the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba on April 28, 2010. AFP/GETTY IMAGES/Janet Hamlin Omar Khadr at a hearing on the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba on April 28, 2010. AFP/GETTY IMAGES/Janet Hamlin

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a federal government appeal related to Omar Khadr’s youth status.

The case deals with a lower court ruling which held that the former Guantanamo Bay inmate should be deemed to be serving a youth sentence.

An American military commission sentenced Khadr to eight years for five war crimes in October 2010.

Ottawa said that punishment made him an adult under Canadian law.

However, the Alberta Court of Appeal in July rejected that interpretation.

For now at least, Khadr, 28, will remain held as an adult in Innisfail, Alta., as the court of appeal stayed the effect of its ruling pending the Supreme Court’s decision on hearing an appeal.