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Omar Khadr will appeal murder and terrorism convictions
Toronto Sun ^ | Apr. 27/13 | KRISTY KIRKUP ,PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU

Posted on 04/28/2013 5:41:16 AM PDT by Dartman

OTTAWA - Omar Khadr’s legal team will “absolutely” move to appeal his convictions of murder and terrorism within the month, his Canadian lawyer confirmed Saturday.

Edmonton-based lawyer Dennis Edney said Khadr, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges including murder, spying and terrorism, will soon file an appeal to a U.S. civilian federal court that has already tossed out two Guantanamo military tribunal convictions.

Khadr, 26, struck a plea deal in 2010 that led to him being sentenced to eight years in prison for five war crimes, including the murder of U.S. special forces medic Christopher Speer in a firefight in Afghanistan.

Upon throwing the hand grenade that killed Speer in 2002, Khadr was shot and captured at age 15.

Khadr was then detained at a U.S. military prison Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a decade, where he pleaded guilty and reached his plea deal in return.

In a unanimous ruling in 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada found Khadr’s charter rights were violated in U.S. custody, but overturned lower court orders that suggested the feds had to bring him back to Canada from Guantanamo.

After years of petitioning the government in a bid to return to Canada, Khadr was transferred back in September 2012 and arrived at Millhaven maximum-security prison in Bath, Ont.

Under Canadian law, Khadr will also be eligible for a parole hearing this July because he will have served one third of his sentence.

Amnesty International and opposition federal parties welcomed Khadr’s repatriation to Canada last year.

Civil rights advocates, including Liberal Senator and retired lieutenant general Romeo Dallaire, suggested Khadr should have been treated as a child soldier.

The UN has also condemned Canada and the U.S. for prosecuting a juvenile of war crimes.

If his legal team is successful in its upcoming appeal, Khadr could be set free.

In a statement on Saturday, a spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews suggested Khadr’s immediate future will be in the hands of the Parole Board of Canada, but made no mention of the move to appeal.

“Omar Khadr is a convicted terrorist,” Julie Carmichael said. “He pleaded guilty to the murder of Christopher Speer, an American army medic.”

Toews has previously said Khadr idealizes his father and denies Ahmed Khadr’s history of terrorist action and association with al-Quaida.

The minister has also said Omar Khadr’s mother and sister have openly applauded his crimes and terrorist activities.”


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: appeal; khadr; terrorism
Upon throwing the hand grenade that killed Speer in 2002, Khadr was shot and captured at age 15.

They always leave out the part about where Speer was and was Speer armed. That's what makes it murder.

1 posted on 04/28/2013 5:41:16 AM PDT by Dartman
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To: Squawk 8888

ping


2 posted on 04/28/2013 5:47:48 AM PDT by Dartman (Mubarak and Gaddafi are going to look like choirboys when this is over)
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To: Dartman

All the more reaso to “take no prisoners”.


3 posted on 04/28/2013 5:56:08 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for HONEST government)
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To: Dartman; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
Thanks Dartman.

To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

4 posted on 04/28/2013 7:19:10 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Dartman

Why can’t we just shoot these guys like Khadr effectively, in a way that leaves them dead?


5 posted on 04/28/2013 7:32:49 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Dartman

Civil rights advocates, including Liberal Senator and retired lieutenant general Romeo Dallaire, suggested Khadr should have been treated as a child soldier.

The UN has also condemned Canada and the U.S. for prosecuting a juvenile of war crimes.

If his legal team is successful in its upcoming appeal, Khadr could be set free.

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“Khadr could be set free.”

Headsonpikes shamelessly asserts that young Omar could be elected to Toronto City Council or could be elected as a Trudeau Liberal MP.

I am not really joking at all.


6 posted on 04/28/2013 8:39:34 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: headsonpikes
Reminds me of the case a few decades ago about a Chinese or Vietnamese guy who was apprehended in Canada while he was a fugitive from the U.S. on multiple murder charges. Under Canadian law, he could not be extradited to the U.S. because he faced the death penalty.

Rather than sign off on an agreement with the Canadian government to take the death penalty off the table, the prosecution team in the U.S. took an interesting approach: they simply told the Canadian government to do whatever the hell they wanted with him.

This put the Canadians in an interesting bind. They had a guy on their hands who was facing no criminal charges of any kind in Canada, so they had no legal basis to keep him in custody. Without any formal charges in Canada, their only legal recourse was to turn a serial killer loose on the streets of Vancouver. If I remember correctly, they figured out a way to quietly hustle him out of the country to the U.S.

7 posted on 04/28/2013 9:28:48 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: Alberta's Child

IIRC, this multimurderer was a cannibal-American from California, residing in Calgary. He was turned over to the USG within months.


8 posted on 04/28/2013 9:56:18 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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