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Khadr pleads guilty to all charges

Lawyers reportedly discussed eight-year cap on total sentence


 

Omar Khadr has pleaded guilty to all five terrorism charges against him as part of a deal that would limit his sentence. Khadr admitted he conspired with al Qaeda and killed a U.S. soldier with a grenade in Afghanistan. The terms of his deal were not released, though lawyers have reportedly talked about him serving one more year in Guantanamo Bay, before spending another seven in Canada.

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Khadr pleads guilty to all charges

  1. Justice may be slow but eventually is carried through … great day today as both this waste of space and the leader of the Toronto 18 will be disappearing for quite sometime- the next sound you hear will be ajil cells clanging shut and media persoanel scurrying to the next item on the scandal du jour :) – my only remaining hope is that Harper gets us a little Quid Pro Quo in return for the waste of taxes to take care of Khadr oh well such is life!

    • No justice here, just butt-covering by the American and Canadian liars who have colluded in the unjust imprisonment of a child soldier, and the torture of prisoners.

      • I suspect Sgt. Speer's family would beg to differ, not that he (or the unfortunate fellow whose dismembered feet the precious child soldier was delighted to pose with) matters to the likes of Ms. Stick.

        • Sgt. Speer was a professional soldier. It's tragic that he died, but he enlisted as an adult. If he and his family weren't prepared for the enabled result of combat, then he should have picked a different career.

          • Yes and Khadr family were admitted terrorist.

          • Good point – perhaps he could have gotten medical training and devoted his service to going onto battle fields as a medic after the battle to care for wounded opponents and civilians.

            Wait a minute…

  2. It is interesting that apparently a deal was in fact struck for to Khadr serve most of his sentence in Canada without Cannon being involved in any of the discussions. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/otta
    Unorthodox perhaps, but given Cannon's talents perhaps not a bad idea.

    • Once Omar returns to the land of laws, I wonder if he can appeal a plea bargain?

    • Not sure where you're getting the "deal was in fact struck for to serve most of his sentence in Canada" part – linked story says nobody from the Cdn govt. has had any discussions whatsoever with the US about any plea deal for Khadr. Furthermore, it would be atypical for any plea negotiation to involve discussions about the locus of incarceration – the notion a person can negotiate where they'll do their time if they agree to plead guilty derives more from US TV shows than actual Cdn practice and, in Khadr's case, what "consideration" would there even be for Canada to participate in plea discussions? Put another way, Khadr's interest in pursuing a plea deal is to reduce the length of his sentence by acknowledging his guilt and saving the US the time and cost of a trial, which is likewise the US' interest in pursing a plea deal. What's in it for Canada – what do we get in exchange for relieving the US of some of the burden of incarcerating someone convicted of a crime against their state and convicted in their system?

        • The Globe story you linked said CNN was reporting Hillary Clinton was "set to speak" (i.e. hadn't in fact spoken) with Cannon "Wednesday night". The Cdn govt spokeswoman said (presumably on Wednesday, since the Globe story is datelined Thursday a.m.) Cannon "had not spoken" with Clinton. So this informs Cannon's "cred" how, exactly?

          At the end of the day, it's all semantics. I stand by my earlier post that negotiating venue as part of a plea is atypical and, even if this were one of the rare examples of venue being part of a plea negotiation, Canada had no incentive to do so. Parsing together various accounts (the best of which, in my estimation, is in the National Post, although I am unable to insert a link), what appears to have been the plea deal is Khadr pleading guilty in exchange for a joint submission on sentence, coupled with an "undertaking", for want of a better word, on the part of the US that it would support extradition to Canada after one year.

          At this point of negotiation, Khadr presumably agreed in principle to the deal, with the proviso that it was insufficient for the US to support extradition – the US had to actually approach Canada as to what Canada's position would be upon receiving the request. As the Sun story states, Canada, in response, provided what Khadr's lawyer describes as "language … sufficiently satisfactory to uphold Canada to its position, that it will take Omar Khadr back after one year". So the "consideration" I suggested was lacking for Canada to take a part in the plea negotiation turns out to be "doing a favour" for Obama (not that any of the proggie Harperphobes that post here will give him a scintilla of credit for it).

          Let's hope, if this all comes about, one of those new prisons the CPC is planning to build is on Ellesmere Island and that it's ready to accept it's first prisoner about a year from now.

  3. Don't bring scum back to Canada!

    • You guys already tried that line with Ignattief. Get some new material.

      • Iggy was hired by libtards. He proved himself to be useless clown that pulls down the liberal party more than Dion.

        BTW. Khadr, Toronto-18, and other multi-culti slum should never been alowed to live in Canada.

  4. Justice Served. You do not plead guilty if your innocent.

    • You plea bargain when you're faced with the possibility of being sentenced to life by a Kangaroo court and by a judge hand-picked by Bush after the original Military Judge was actually awarding decisions to the defence team and was abruptly "re-assigned" by the military.

      Above and beyond whether he was guilty or not.. (and it was highly dubious he was). he was a child soldier and should have been treated as such. Canada and the US are both guilty of breaking the international treaty on the treatment of child soldiers, in my opinion..

  5. No more "child soldier" junk. He was a young aduld who knwe exactly what was going on.
    He should rot in US jail and his family should be immediatelly deported from Canada.
    We need anymore citizens of conveninece.

  6. BS

  7. By the logic used in the Omar Khadr case, the Minutemen who fired "the shots heard 'round the world" at Lexington and Concord were "war criminals" because they weren't "real soldiers." And the followers of William Lyons Mackenzie and Louis Papineau in Canada in 1836 were also "war criminals." As for Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont… I think you get my drift. If you enlist in somebody's army, get a full medical exam, and put on a khaki uniform and steel helmet, you're a real soldier and get to throw a grenade in somebody's car or house. But if you wear a chequered kaffiyeh, or even a dirty pair of blue jeans, you're a terrorist and a war criminal. Except that we wouldn't think that way if we were up against a foreign army killing our women and children. It depends on whose ox is being gored.

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