Former general from the Rwanda Civil War and now Liberal Senator in Canada, Romeo Dallaire adamantly stated on Tuesday that Omar Khadr should not face trial at Guantanamo Bay since he was 15 at the time of his arrest, and was therefore a child soldier. Dallaire says Khadr should be rehabilitated and re-introduced into society and not be tried in Guantanamo. From this article:
Mr. Khadr, now 21, has been detained in Guantanamo Bay for six years. He faces multiple charges in connection to a 2002 afghan firefight in which an American soldier was killed. One of those charges is murder, and if convicted, Mr. Khadr could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Khadr was 15 at the time of his capture in Afghanistan.
Mr. Dallaire said that it is very clear Mr. Khadr was a child soldier at the time of his capture, “unless you don’t want to see it.”
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