TORONTO — A Canadian indicted in Boston on charges he supplied Al Qaeda with weapons was freed yesterday after more than four years in jail when a judge refused to extradite him to the United States.
Abdullah Khadr, 29, has been held in Canada on a US warrant since his December 2005 arrest. He is wanted for allegedly purchasing weapons for Al Qaeda and plotting to kill Americans abroad.
Khadr was charged in US District Court in Boston with buying guns, rockets, and other weapons for Al Qaeda. The case relied on a statement he made to the FBI in Pakistan and one he gave when he arrived in Toronto in December 2005. His lawyers said the statement made in Pakistan was the result of torture. Superior Court Justice Christopher Speyer ruled that the statement was unreliable.