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OTTAWA -- Canada's most infamous terrorist could be one step closer to returning home.
Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr's repatriation to Canada was on hold while Public Safety minister Vic Toews waited for videotapes and documentation he said he needed before making his decision on whether Khadr presents a threat to public safety here.
The tapes - hours of psychological evaluations conducted prior to Khadr's trial by two doctors, which were sealed by US officials - were received by Toews Wednesday, department officials confirmed. They will be reviewed in accordance with Canadian law, though Public Safety could not say which.
Some have said Toews' possession of the tapes will effectively force him to make a decision. Khadr's lawyers have said they see no reason he shouldn't be brought home soon.
Toews' office could not answer questions on the volume of the materials or when a decision would likely be made. Officials were equally silent in response to questions of whether the public will get to see the tapes.
However, it is thought that the more sympathetic Khadr appears in the videos, the less likely Toews will be to release them.
Michael Welner, one of the doctors who conducted the evaluations, found Khadr an "unrepentent jihadist."
"The Canadian people have been systematically fooled about Khadr by his attorneys and complicit members of the
establishment press and those who are politically invested in opposing the Harper government," Welner said.
An Abacus Data poll conducted last month found 60% of Canadians are either somewhat or strongly opposed to Khadr's repatriation.