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Obama halts prosecution of Omar Khadr in Guantanamo

…in order to “to permit the newly inaugurated president and his administration time to review the military commission process, generally, and the cases currently pending before the military commissions, specifically.”  See this New York Times article.

Specifically, this decision will effect Omar Khadr, a detainee that has been presented as a child soldier since he was 15 years old when he was arrested in Afghanistan in 2002.

The Tuesday decision will bring an immediate halt to the trial scheduled to begin on Monday of the only Canadian detainee, Omar Khadr, who was 15 when he was first detained. Mr. Khadr is charged with killing an American soldier during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002. His case has drawn international attention, in part because his lawyers have argued that the case violated international prohibitions on the prosecution of child soldiers.

Mr. Khadr’s military defense lawyer, Lt. Cmdr. William C. Kuebler, said he welcomed the news. “This young man’s ordeal has gone on long enough,” he said, “and the U.S. can begin restoring its reputation by following international law requiring former child soldiers such as Omar to be treated as victims entitled to opportunities for rehabilitation and social reintegration, rather than as adult ‘war criminals.’”

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One Response

  1. Cathy says:

    Omar Khadr had been a 15 year-old white boy named Sean or Tom or John, he would never have been left to rot in the abomination called Guantanamo for 7 years. Apparently it is not enough to be Canadian for Canada’s government to serve or protect its citizens. Apparently it is not enough to be a human boy for soldiers to refrain from practicing torture. Apparently it is not enough for the USA government to have rule of law for that nation to live up to its own rules. Apparently it is not enough to be a member of the United Nations for the USA to be held accountable for practicing and sanctioning torture in blatant violation of the Geneva Convention. And tragically, it is apparent that the apathy of nations can be deadly. All these things a child could see. All these things our children have seen.

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