By Paula Newton
Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr has been transferred to his homeland of Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence, Canada's Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Saturday.
Khadr boarded a military plane at the Guantanamo Naval base in Cuba and will be transferred to a maximum security prison somewhere in Canada.
The case and the prisoner's legal fate have sparked controversy among Canadians. Many think his sentence has been too lenient.
Under a plea deal with military prosecutors in October 2010, Khadr admitted to being responsible for the death of Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, a member a U.S. Army Special Forces Unit.
He pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, providing material support for terrorism, spying and conspiracy.
During a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan, Khadr admitted to throwing the grenade that killed Sgt. Speer. Khadr was just 15 at the time.
By Paula Newton reporting from Ottawa, Canada
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives in the Canadian capital Monday, where he is expected to announce new measures to support the fight against narcotics in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
He is attending a two-day meeting in Ottawa with Canadian and Mexican defense leaders. FULL POST