William Kuebler, Omar Khadr’s on-again-off-again lawyer, is back. For now.

In a surprise move, a military judge Tuesday overruled the Pentagon in its firing of Omar Khadr’s military lawyer, saying only he has the authority to dismiss the defence attorney, Canwest News has learned.

The decision by Judge Patrick Parrish, an army colonel, effectively re-instates navy Lt.-Cmdr. Bill Keubler as chief counsel for the Canadian terror suspect just days after the attorney’s immediate boss fired him.