Ron Banerjee from the Canadian Hindu Advocacy holds up posters and tapes up posters around the Scarborough neighbourhood where Omar Khadr's grandfather lives.
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TORONTO -- Shoban Kapoor is terrified to have a terrorist like Omar Khadr walking the streets of Toronto, so she started an online petition to keep him out.
Khadr, now 26, was sentenced at Guantanamo Bay to 40 years in jail for terrorist activities, but under a plea deal he only had to serve eight.
After spending one additional year at Guantanamo, he became eligible to serve the remainder of his sentence in Canada.
On Wednesday evening, Kapoor gathered about 200 like-minded people to the Canadian Christian College at Don Mills Rd. and Eglinton Ave., where people were scanned with metal detectors before being allowed into the meeting.
"I want to stop him from coming back and if he does come back, I want him to be tried for treason. I am tired that he is treated like a hero and the victims are ignored," said Kapoor, who is with Canadian Patriots Unite Against Terrorist Omar Khadr.
Sun News Network host Ezra Levant wrote a book about Khadr, The Enemy Within, and was at the meeting in support of keeping Khadr out of Canada.
"He is a threat to our public safety. He has no remorse and doesn't reject what he did," Levant said.
The US government has eight hours of recent tape that would give insight into the mind of Khadr.
"Eight hours of tape are being withheld from us," Levant said. "The public safety minister (Vic Toews) cannot let this man back in the country without seeing the tape.
"He cannot let this murderer back on the streets without seeing this tape."
Adam Gormy was at the meeting because he's dead set against Khadr returning to Canada.
"He is a killer and his father is a killer and his mother says bad things about Canada," Gormy said.
Juliane, who didn't want her last name used, said Khadr is too dangerous to be allowed into Canada.
"I read Ezra's book and I am totally against him coming back," she said. "If he comes back he has won in a way and he will be a celebrity.
"He should have to serve his 40 years in the States."
Two petitions are being circulated calling for terrorist Khadr to be outlawed from Canada or charged with treason if he is allowed to return to his native Scarborough, ON, in east end Toronto.
Concerned residents there have handed out flyers outside the homes of Khadr's mother and uncle to alert neighbours that he could be moving back to the area.
"I think our message is getting across. People realize that we are concerned citizens and not paid lobbyists," Kapoor, said. "Khadr remains a dangerous threat because of his radical family and al-Qaida roots, plus he has not been de-radicalized at Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay in Cuba)."
The Toronto-born Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to five charges brought before a controversial U.S. military tribunal, including killing Sgt. Christopher Speer in Afghanistan in July 2002.
Speakers at the meeting included Tarek Fatah of the Muslim Canadian Congress, Toronto Sun columnist Majed El Shafie of One Free World International, and Meir Weinstein of the Jewish Defense League.