STATEMENT BY JUSTICE MINISTER ROB NICHOLSON REGARDING THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA'S APPEAL OF THE FEDERAL COURT'S KHADR DECISION

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OTTAWA, July 12, 2010 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, made the following statement today regarding the Government of Canada's decision to file an appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal in the Khadr v. Prime Minister of Canada et al. case:

"After careful consideration of the legal merits of the July 5, 2010, ruling from the Federal Court, the Government of Canada will appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.

"This case raises important issues concerning the Crown prerogative over foreign affairs.

"As the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in an earlier case involving Mr. Khadr, 'it would not be appropriate for the Court to give direction as to the diplomatic steps necessary to address the breaches of Mr. Khadr's Charter rights.'

"Omar Khadr faces very serious charges, including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, material support for terrorism, and spying. The Government of Canada continues to provide consular services to Mr. Khadr."

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