Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Those Wacky Khadr's

Well, Omar isn't the only Khadr family member to run up against jail time. I seemed to have missed his elder brother, Abdullah, who was facing extradition to the United States on the usual family charge. That's right terrorism. Unfortunately Abdullah Khadr has been released and the extradition charges have been stayed. From the Toronto Star (yes they are left leaning, but they gave more information then the Toronto Sun):

Court rejects Abdullah Khadr extradition request
“Exceptional case on many levels."

An Ontario court has denied a U.S. request to send Abdullah Khadr to a Boston court to face terrorism charges.

Extradition orders to the U.S. are rarely denied, but Superior Court Justice Christopher Speyer ruled Wednesday that "this was an exceptional case on many levels."

The ruling comes just days before Khadr’s younger brother Omar goes on trial for war crimes in Guantanamo.

Reading passages from his 62-page decision, Speyer told a Toronto court that setting aside the extradition order was a "remedy of last resort" required in this case due to the fact that Khadr was illegally held and interrogated.

Khadr's lawyers Nathan Whitling and Dennis Edney had argued that extraditing Khadr would mean Canada supports countries that violate international law.[snip]

I had to stop there at the end of this quote. I guess they are saying the Americans don't follow international law. Well, the article goes into further detail about the Al-Qaeda connection with the families past. I have also mentioned this history previously.

As well Omar is still fighting his military tribunal in the states.

Khadr's lawyer attempts to delay trial

OTTAWA – The court-appointed lawyer for Canadian terror suspect Omar Khadr wants the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Khadr’s soon-to-be started trial for several war crimes.

U.S. Army lawyer Lt. Col. Jon Jackson argued that the military commissions set up at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Station in Cuba to try Khadr and other suspected terrorists is unconstitutional and unfair.

He asked the Supreme Court Monday to suspend Khadr’s military commission trial – set to begin as early as Aug. 10.

A U.S. Appeals Court was first asked to rule on the constitutionality of the military commissions back in April, but has not yet done so.

Jackson told the Supreme Court it needs to step in or Khadr “will suffer very significant harm” if the trial proceeds without the appeals court delivering its ruling.

The legal manoeuvre is Jackson’s first since he became Khadr’s court-appointed counsel after Khadr fired his civilian lawyers last month and told military commission judge Col. Patrick Parrish that he would boycott the proceedings and represent himself.

I am still trying to figure out why they are arguing the constitutional basis of this trial. I know the military lawyer has to deal with the cards he has been dealt. I wonder how long he will last since Omar has fired all his previous lawyers.

Anyway. I hope the federal government continues to pursue the extradition of Abdullah. We don't need any more welfare sucking terrorists in this country.


  1. What's wrong? Don't you believe in the rule of law? Pretty crazy when you can be locked up without charge for almost 5 years here in Canada. I would say there is some serious compensation due.

  2. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a duck. The terrorist connections this family has goes beyond just "oops". I don't believe they deserve anything. Not even the welfare they are on. They have actively worked against us as a nation and decried us as corrupt and decadent. Why should they get benefits? If they don't like Canada that much they should go back to Afghanistan or Pakistan where they were happier.

  3. Don't you believe in the rule of law?

    So I guess that means you have zero problems with the new law treating deserters from the US military like criminals that they are, then....

    Or have you suddenly found righteous indignation with the rule of law for that one...