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Lawyers discuss Khadr plea to avert Guantánamo ‘child-soldier’ trial

An article published today, October 15, 2010, in the Miami Herald entitled "Lawyers discuss Khadr plea to avert Guantanamo "child-soldier" trial," reports that a military judge Thursday postponed the Guanatanamo war crimes trial of Omar Khadr, a Canadian captured in Afghanistan at age 15, in order to buy Khadr's defense lawyers time to negotiate a plea deal and avert the "child-soldier" terror trial.

Critics of Khadr's trial, Guantanamo's youngest captive, argue that he should have not been treated as a war criminal but as a child soldier needing rehabilitation. It's reported that Khadr's lawyers have been speaking with Pentagon officials about a deal that would let him plead guilty to war crimes in exchange for a shorter sentence. 

Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon denied it was a party to a deal. Cannon's director of communications Catherine Loubier saying "There is no such agreement, Omar Khadr is facing serious charges in the U.S.. These serious charges would have to be addressed in the U.S.."

Khadr is accused of murder as a war crime for allegedly throwing a grenade that fatally wounded a soldier during a U.S. Special Forces raid on a suspected al Qaeda compound outside Khost, Afghanistan.

The trial is slated to resume October 25. For the full text of the article, click here

 

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