Saturday, December 13, 2008

Omar Khadr Railroaded Again?

More evidence that Canadian Guantanimo captive Omar Khadr is being railroaded by the US military while Canada's New Government sits mute.

Khadr's defence lawyer says there's photographic proof that the child soldier could not possibly have thrown the grenade that killed the US medic as the army claims. From CBC News:

Lt.-Cmdr. Bill Kuebler told the hearing that the photograph shows Khadr buried under the rubble of a collapsed building at the time the grenade that killed Sgt. Christopher Speer was thrown, proving he could not have thrown it.

The Globe and Mail reported that the Col. Patrick Parrish, the military judge in Khadr's case, barred Kuebler from showing the photograph to the media.


At first the US military claimed that Khadr had to have thrown the grenade because he was the only inmate still alive in the room where the medic was killed. That deliberate lie came unglued when documents mistakenly reached his lawyer revealing that there were, in fact, two alive in that room, Khadr and an adult who was quickly executed by an American soldier.

It's bad enough that America chooses to try a child soldier for murder but it's despicable that it will go to such lengths to set him up for conviction. And it speaks volumes for the integrity of the Harper regime that they allow this to happen without so much as a protest.

1 comment:

Marnie Tunay said...

Hi there, it's nice to meet you (courtesy of a Google Alert for "Omar Khadr" in case you're interested). I'm bookmarking your site because I'm impressed with this post and your most recent: "Rolling back the tide of extremism one post at a time) I've done two articles on Omar Khadr you may be interested in. One sets out the evidence most relevant to the issue of repatriation: http://fakirscanada.newsvine.com/_news/2008/12/07/2186750-why-stephen-harper-doesnt-want-to-repatriate-omar-khadr-its-about-the-money
and the other addresses Stephen Harper's prime concern: http://fakirscanada.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!BCDFFB6F4CF5AAB!592.entry
Anyway, I am glad you turned up in the google alerts. Best regards,
Marnie Tunay
Fakirs Canada