Edmonton court relaxes Omar Khadr’s bail conditions

Omar Khadr is allowed to stay out past his midnight curfew if required by employment or education commitments, a Court of Queen’s Bench judge in Edmonton ruled Friday.

Khadr, who is living with his lawyer’s family in Edmonton, is taking courses to become an emergency medical responder, possibly working in an ambulance. Such a position would require late hours.

Federal and provincial lawyers did not oppose the change to his bail conditions, nor did they oppose Khadr’s request to make travel easier.

The court decided requests to travel out of province can be approved by his parole officer, rather than taking each request back to court for permission.

His third request — to meet and speak with his mother and sister without the presence of his lawyer Dennis Edney — will be argued later in February. Federal lawyers oppose the request.

Bail conditions require Khadr to speak English with his mother and sister Zeynab. But he is not required to speak English when he visits his grandparents in Toronto.

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