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Second Khadr makes court appearance

Another member of the Khadr family, accused in the United States of buying weapons to be used against U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, appeared in a Toronto court yesterday.

Abdullah Khadr, the 24-year-old brother of Omar, was ordered to remain in custody until Feb. 2, right around the deadline for the U.S. Justice Department to make a formal extradition request.

In the brief court session, the eldest son in the Toronto family with links to Osama bin Laden appeared unshaven, dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt. Neither his mother, grandmother nor any of his siblings -- usually present at his court appearances -- were in attendance.

Abdullah was arrested on Dec. 17 in Toronto at the request of U.S. prosecutors seeking to try him on charges of buying grenades, bullets and explosives for al-Qaeda. By law, U.S. officials have 60 days from the arrest to formally ask for extradition. Once the application is made, the Attorney-General has another 30 days to decide whether Canada will proceed, which may further delay the hearing. If there is no extradition request, Abdullah would have to be released, but that is unlikely.

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