Omar Khadr Will Refuse to Plead in Military Trial

Omar Khadr Will Refuse to Plead in Military Trial

Guantánamo : Cuba | Jul 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM PDT
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Omar Khadr Child Soldier Held at Gitmo

Omar Khadr has been held for nearly eight years at Guantanamo Prison Camp in Cuba. He was captured in Afghanistan at age 15 during a skirmish which saw an American medic killed. Kadr was accused of throwing a grenade that killed the American medic. Khadr was seriously wounded.

Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen. He remains the only Western citizen still languishing in Guantanamo Prison. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Khadr's Charter Rights. This was in January. The federal government has yet to ask for Khadr's extradition.

Khadr's family is a well known supporter of Osama bin Laden. His father was killed in Afghanistan and Khadr's mother has been an outspoken critic of the Western Way of Life.

Khadr grew up in both Canada and Pakistan while his father campaigned and raised funds for al Qaeda.

Omar Khadr was the last person found alive in the Afghan compound. At the time he was 15 which fits the definition of a child soldier. The US and Canada are signatories to the protocols defining child soldiers. Since his capture by US soldiers, Khadr has undergone rigourous interrogations. Canadian officials breached Khadr's rights when they interviewed him without a lawyer and subsequently turned information over to US authorities.

Now it is nearly eight years later. Omar Khadr has been in men's prison for most of his teenage years.

Khadr has dismissed his civilian lawyers and wishes to boycott the military commission.

"I will not take any plea because it will give an excuse for the (U. S.) government for torturing and abusing me when I was a child," Khadr said.

"I am not willing let the U.S. government use to me to fulfill their goals," Khadr said. "I was used too many times as a child. I will not take a plea offer."

"There is no justice," Khadr said. "I'm going to get a life sentence either way. I'm boycotting this process."The Sun Times

The judge in the case has appointed a military lawyer for Khadr.

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