CANADIAN OF CONVENIENCE OMAR KHADR HAS FINALLY PLEADED GUILTY! NOW FOR THE SENTENCING PERIOD WHERE HE’LL GET TO CRY AND WHINE SOME MORE TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE COUNTRY HE TURNED HIS BACK ON TO JIHAD….
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GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Canadian captive Omar Khadr pleaded guilty on Monday to all five terrorism charges against him in the U.S. war crimes tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay naval base as part of a deal that would limit his sentence.
The idea behind such a move would be to monitor him for a period of time on Canadian soil, help reintegrate him and keep tabs on him upon release. Also, the Canadian government would then have a record of his crime. Otherwise, he would be free after serving his full sentence in the U.S. to enter Canada freely, without any supervision.
A jury of seven U.S. military officers will hear testimony on Tuesday about the impact of Khadr’s actions and then impose a sentence. If their sentence differs from that in the plea agreement, Khadr will serve whichever is shorter.
Before accepting the plea, the judge questioned Khadr to ensure the defendant understood he was waiving his right to appeal.
The plea deal ends a widely criticized trial that made the United States the first nation since the Second World War to prosecute someone in a war crimes tribunal for acts allegedly committed as a juvenile.
Khadr could have faced life in prison if convicted on all counts during the trial.
He wore a dark gray suit and neatly trimmed beard for his hearing in the hilltop courtroom that he first entered 4 1/2 years ago as a teenager.
Seated at a table beside his U.S. military lawyers and his Canadian attorney, Khadr looked down and held his head in his hands. He answered “yes,” over and over, admitting his guilt as the judge, Army Colonel Patrick Parrish, went over each of the charges.
Khadr admitted he threw the grenade that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer during a firefight at an al-Qaida compound near the Afghan city of Khost in 2002.
He also acknowledged the court’s jurisdiction to try him, admitted he conspired with al-Qaida to carry out terrorist attacks, and acknowledged making and planting roadside bombs targeting U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Khadr is the second man to plead guilty in the tribunal during the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, whose efforts to close the detention camp have been blocked by Congress. He is the fifth captive convicted since the United States established the tribunals to try foreign captives on terrorism charges after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
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