THE PEOPLE OF CANADA DID NOT LET OMAR DOWN, HIS TERRORIST FAMILY DID! THEY ENCOURAGED HIM TO BE A JIHADIST, TO HATE CANADA, AND THREW HIM HEADFIRST INTO WARFARE FOR ALLAH! THE WHOLE FAMILY SHOULD HAVE BEEN EXPELLED YEARS AGO! WE OWE OMAR NOTHING!
Canadian people have let down Omar Khadr: lawyer
By Steven Edwards, Postmedia News October 24, 2010
Canadian detainee Omar Khadr attends jury selection at his war crimes trial in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba August 10, 2010.
Photograph by: Janet Hamlin/POOL/Postmedia News, Janet Hamlin/POOL/Postmedia News
U.S. NAVAL BASE GUANTANAMO, Cuba — Omar Khadr’s Canadian lawyer charged Sunday that the “Canadian people” — in addition to the Canadian government — have let down the Canadian-born terror suspect.
Speaking on the eve of Khadr’s return to a military court, Dennis Edney insisted that there was, as of Sunday morning, no signed plea deal between the United States and the Toronto native.
Canada has — publicly at least — refused to agree to a U.S. proposal that, sources say, would see Khadr apply to be transferred to a Canadian prison in a year’s time.
According to the sources, the transfer would be part of a wider plea deal in which Khadr would admit to the war-crimes charges he faces in exchange for an eight-year “cap” on his sentence — with just the first year to be served in U.S. custody, and the rest in Canada.
“People show empathy,” Edney said of Canadians’ reaction to Khadr’s life story, which for the past eight years has seen him held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“(After) the fact, nothing happens. I feel, not only the Canadian government, but the Canadian people have let down a citizen, a most vulnerable citizen.”
Edney and others spoke in terms of the trial of Khadr being set to resume Monday — instead of his pleading guilty.
“If the Canadian government is not prepared to provide behind the scenes at high levels (an) assurance that it is going to give Omar Khadr and his team the necessary confidence that the bulk of any prison time coming out of this deal can and will be served in Canada, I would imagine there is a very good chance the whole thing would collapse,” said Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada.
Khadr, 24, would face up to life imprisonment if convicted at trial. “The calculus as to how Omar Khadr and his lawyers are going to weigh different sentencing options if obviously between them,” said Neve.
Khadr was 15 years old when he was captured by U.S. forces during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan. He is accused of murder in the death of U.S. special forces Sgt. 1st Class Chris Speer, who was fatally wounded by a grenade explosion.
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