Friday, October 15, 2010

Khadr Plea Deal in the Making?

WTF???!!??? is all I can say at this time. Stumbled across this story earlier this morning and I will probably be seething for the rest of the day. From The Globe and Mail:

Plea deal, repatriation possible for Khadr

Omar Khadr could be repatriated to Canada as part of a plea deal that would allow the Obama administration to avoid the international notoriety of a Guantanamo Bay war crimes trial of a child soldier.

“We can confirm that there is a potential deal in the works,” said Nate Whitling, one of Mr. Khadr’s Canadian lawyers. He declined to discuss specifics. No deal has yet been concluded but the shape of one – Omar Khadr pleading guilty to some or all of the war crimes charges, including murder and terrorism, in exchange for a reduced sentence and the option of serving at least some of it in Canada – has emerged.

Late Thursday, after a conference call with prosecutors and defence lawyers, Colonel Patrick Parrish, the military judge, postponed the long-delayed trial. Instead of military transports flying more than 100 witnesses, lawyers, journalists and human rights observers to Guantanamo Bay Friday for what was expected to be a four-week trial, a short sentencing session is now expected to begin Oct. 25.

The military's convening authority formally signed off on a plea deal Wednesday morning, The Globe has learned. This means that, while Mr. Khadr can change his mind, the plea deal is nearly complete. [snip]

So much for Omar's vow not to accept any plea deal. The rest of the article goes on and on about how he's been the only captured terrorist that's been charged with murder on the battlefield. I think the only reason that's the case is probably because Omar has been the only one captured alive. Most of those terrorists meet a short brutal end.

It is the Globe and Mail, so it tends to spin the whole Guantanamo Bay detention story like it's this horrible place and practice.

I still am reeling about this. No Khadr trial, and he may be released into Canadian Custody.

Well maybe his family will finally get a chance to visit him...

In Toronto, the Khadr family, who like all families of Guantanamo detainees have been denied any chance to visit, refused to comment on whether he might be coming home. “We’re not giving anything to any reporters,” said a woman who answered the phone at the Khadr residence. “We haven't even had a chance to speak with a lawyer yet.”

Yeah the family has been denied permission. Now if they were allowed to visit, who would pay for it? I mean practically the whole damn family lives on government handouts.

More stuff from the past here:

Those Wacky Khadr's

The Omar Khadr Trial

Omar Khadr: Damages From Lawsuit?

1 comment:

  1. Aussie joke
    A Lebanese man arrives in Sydney as a new immigrant to Australia. He stops the
    first person he sees walking down the street and says "Thank you Mr. Australian
    for letting me in this country, and giving me housing, money , free medical
    care and free education!"

    But the passer-by says "You are mistaken, I am Russian ".

    The man goes on and encounters another passer-by.

    "Thank you for having such a beautiful country here in Australia !"

    The person says "I no Australian , I Vietnamese."

    The new arrival walks further, and the next person he sees he stops, shakes
    his hand and says "Thank you for the wonderful Australia !"

    That person puts up his hand and says "I am from Middle East, I am not an
    Australian !"

    He finally sees a nice lady and asks suspiciously, "Are you an Australian?"

    She says, "No, I am from New Zealand !" So he is puzzled, and asks her,
    "Where are all the Australians?"

    The Kiwi lady looks at her watch, shrugs, and says, "Probably at work!"