Omar Khadr is shown in this photo released to Reuters on April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Bowden Institution/Handout
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The Canadian government was in court Tuesday morning seeking to block the release on bail of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate while he appeals his conviction for war crimes in the United States.Canada's government said that granting bail to Khadr would threaten the entire system of international prisoner transfers.On Monday, the government also filed its formal notice of appeal of the April 24 decision granting Khadr bail by Justice June Ross of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench.Ottawa maintains that Ross had no jurisdiction to hear Khadr's bail application under the provisions of the International Transfer of Offenders Act -- the treaty that allowed his return to Canada. Canada's government argued Ross gave "short shrift" to Canada's "real and consequential" international obligations and she was wrong to find that the right to seek bail pending appeal is a constitutionally guaranteed "principle of fundamental justice".
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