October 26, 2010 |
A former child soldier from Canada was convicted of war crimes Monday, the fifth prisoner brought to justice by military commissions since the controversial tribunal was created nearly nine years ago ? the others being a cook, a propagandist, a driver and a onetime kangaroo skinner. Omar Khadr, now a tall and burly 24-year-old, pleaded guilty to five charges, including the murder of U.S. special forces soldier Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer while fighting at age 15 with hardened Al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan with whom his father had apprenticed him in 2002.
October 25, 2010 |
A young Canadian terrorism suspect accepted a plea deal Monday that will make him eligible to leave Guantanamo Bay prison in a year, sparing the Obama administration the spectacle of putting the first child soldier on trial for war crimes in modern times. Officials of the controversial military commission kept secret the length of the sentence agreed to for Omar Ahmed Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan after a firefight between Al Qaeda militants and U.S. special forces in July 2002.
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October 24, 2010 |
Rumors are swirling that a plea deal may be reached in the case of a young terrorism suspect, perhaps sparing the United States from becoming the first nation to try a former child soldier on war crimes charges. Omar Ahmed Khadr of Canada was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan in the company of hardened Al Qaeda fighters with whom his militant father had apprenticed him in 2002. His trial, on charges that include the murder of a U.S. Army special forces soldier, is set to resume Monday.
August 10, 2010 |
The youngest prisoner at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday on allegations of killing a U.S. soldier and partially blinding another, and the outcome probably will spark renewed international debate over the practice of incarcerating and prosecuting child soldiers. Eight years a captive at the prison for terrorism suspects, Omar Ahmed Khadr, 23, released a letter through his lawyers this spring warning that if the Obama administration takes him to trial in a military tribunal, it could reveal "what is going on down here.
May 6, 2010 |
U.S. interrogators tried to scare a young Canadian prisoner by making up a story about a skinny little Muslim gang-raped by black men at an American prison, an interrogator testified in the Guantanamo war crimes court Thursday. The testimony came in a hearing to determine whether statements that Toronto native Omar Khadr gave to interrogators can be used as evidence in his Guantanamo tribunal on charges of murdering a U.S. soldier with a grenade. Defense lawyers contend Khadr's statements were coerced during cruel and inhumane interrogations at Guantanamo and in Afghanistan, where Khadr was captured in a firefight at an alleged Al Qaeda compound at age 15. Khadr gave a false name and lied to interrogators who questioned him at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan shortly after his capture in 2002, a former soldier known as Interrogator No. 1 testified by video link from Arizona.
April 28, 2010 |
After Omar Ahmed Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in 2002, his American interrogators gave him a Mickey Mouse book, which he clutched to his wounded chest as he slept. He even brought it to Guantanamo Bay, where he asked for other coloring books and pictures of big animals. He cried out for his mother. At 15, Khadr, a Canadian by birth, was among the youngest taken to the U.S. naval base prison in Cuba. But in Afghanistan, the U.S. government alleges, he was anything but childlike.