Plea deal could finally send Omar Khadr home

Negotiations are underway to transfer the accused terrorist to a Canadian jail cell


More than eight years after being shot and captured on an Afghanistan battlefield—at the age of 15—Omar Khadr could be on his way out of a Guantanamo Bay prison cell. His lawyer confirmed today that a deal is in the works that would see Khadr plead guilty to terrorism offences in exchange for serving the remainder of his sentence in a Canadian jail. Exactly how much longer he will spend behind bars—or what specific crime he will confess to—has yet to be determined, and Nathan Whitling, one of his Edmonton-based lawyers, would only say “that there is a potential deal in the works.” Now 24, Khadr is charged with five military commission offences, including “murder in violation of the laws of war,” in connection with the death of U.S. Delta Force soldier Christopher Speer. According to prosecutors, the teenaged Khadr was among a group of insurgents engaged in a firefight with American soldiers in July 2002, and tossed a grenade that fatally wounded Sgt. Speer. Omar is the third son of the late Ahmed Said Khadr, a Canadian citizen and reputed al-Qaeda financier who once lived with Osama bin Laden.

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Plea deal could finally send Omar Khadr home

  1. I for one don't want him here, especially with the velvet glove treatment Canada gives to terrorists by letting them go on bail and giving them far too few days in jail for their crimes. This guy should be left where he is and locked up for life, not sitting in a Canadian prison on my dime, waiting to get out and do who knows what. I'd love it if our government refused him re-entry, but I don't think that is legally possible.

    • It is of great comfort to most of us that your only say in the matter is a vote once every three years or so.

      • Likewise Mike.

  2. What a shame the Governor Generals job was just filled; here is a perfect candidate for the idiots that run this country. Oh well, perhaps a Senate seat or at the very least a spot on the immigraiton board.

  3. NP is now reporting the deal is that Khadr will plead guilty to all charges, including murder and serve 1year in US prison and another 8 in a Canadian prison.

    I thought conviction on terrorism charges was an automatic life sentence in the US?

    Sounds like he got off lightly. Only 12 more months in the US and then welcome to Club Fed Omar! How can we serve you?

    • Ooops…typo above. Should read 7 years in a Canadian prison…not 8.

      In any case…what does that really mean in Canada? Something like 20 months?

      • Agree Harvey Mushman, How can we serve you?…..Mr. Khadr will probably spend his time in Club Fed going to school and will get a Phd. in something, work out constantly in the full Gym facillities that are provided so that he can be in tip top shape for when he released , (got to keep that old grenade arm in shape.) Lets not forget all the while he has a Govt. funded Lawyer suing the Federal Government for 10 million dollars because he got his feelings hurt by Canada not wanting him back. Now this fella is going to be really cranky by the time he gets out of Jail, and is not going to like Westerners a whole bunch…But thats o.k., he is just misunderstood and could be coming to a neighbourhood near you soon.

  4. Canada has lost a lot of respect in the world because of its treatment of Omar Khadr.

    • If you mean the Arab world, then yes, but that certainly does not concern me. His actions cannot be excused, and he does not deserve any compassion/sympathy from Canada nor any of its true citizens.

      • I suspect Canadians have lost a lot of respect for "refugees" because of the Khadrs treatment of Canada.

  5. At 15 I knew from right and wrong, and I was capable of understanding the consequences of my choices, as I'm sure he was too.

    • What about at 5? Did you parents start shaping you into the person you are today at 5? And 6, 7 through to 15…?

      • At the age of 5 I was under the same oppressive communist/dictatorship that my father suffered under, so I had plenty of LIFE EXPERIENCES to "shape" me, especially when I waited in line with my mom or dad for two days to get a rationed 1 chicken/month for a family of four. Since then, I have heard from my dad all about the communist atrocities, and even so I still would not have committed what he did.

        • There is absolutely no chance that the values and morals from the most important people in your life from a very young age would have any influence on you?

          • They do have an influence on me, but not to the point of killing others.

          • Having a good childhood, it is difficult for me to take this conversation any further. I cannot imagine what it is like to have evil family members encouraging such values as murder as a politic tool while submersed in a subculture with the same values.

          • The problem I find with the argument that he is the way he is because if his upbringing (which I agree that it did have a major influence on him), and therefore should not be dealt with so harshly, is that where do you draw the line? What about all the Taliban fighters or other terrorists? Do we excuse them too, because they had similar upbringings? I believe that inherently everyone knows right from wrong. I have done things that were wrong, which I knew at the time to be wrong, but yet I still did them, and later I had to deal with the consequences. There is action and re-action, and it's just life.

            Another reason I don't want him off the hook, is that he lived here, talked to the people here, and saw what people in the west were like (not evil). His family received support and help from Canada (the West, whom he loathes), but yet he still choose to kill us (and yes I mean us). After seeing what we are like and still acting the way he did, there is no (at least for me) excuse for him.

          • Brava, Citizen_CA. I had a good childhood like Ottawa Centrist, but my parents didn't. The word I think we're looking for here is "choice." Victimizing people because of crappy family circumstances doesn't hold up to snuff in the real world, and I believe doing so negates all of those who rise above their trouble and CHOOSE to be different. A child who sees his father beating his mother knows it's wrong from the get go; if he chooses to continue in his father actions with his own girlfriend or wife? For shame. We don't excuse domestic violence because Jimmy saw daddy smack mommy up every night — at least, I don't. Saying Omar Khadr was powerless in this situation is simply wrong. His friends at school in Canada certainly weren't gearing up for terrorist camp. He knew and he chose to be like his father — end of story. He deserves what he gets from here on out.

    • So at 15 with no money, you'd have been able to, what, sneak out of the family compound in Ayub Keyl and make your way on foot to, where, the Kabul airport? And beg for a ticket out?

      • Regardless of the situation he was in prior to his capture, he could have chosen to not throw the grenade and simply surrender. Everyone has a choice, even in very controlled environments, and that was his decision. Now he has to live with the consequences.

        • Agree…. According to Chief prosecutor Jeff Groharing, Khadr '' described himself ''as a terrorist praying for Al-Qaeda and his inentions were to kill as many Americans as possible..There is Mr. Khadr's decision.

      • People in Canada don't "have no money" — they work or they are on welfare or they become homeless. Which option did the elder Khadrs take when they came to this country?

        • 1) they were in Afghanistan, not Canada, and he was 15.

          2) the elder Khadrs are a bunch of douchebags, I agree with you. But again, we should punish a 15 year old child soldier because he has a-hole parents? I don't think so.

          • He could have left when he was in Canada.

          • Yep, each and every 13 year old I've met questions the values of their parents strongly enough to just up and leave…

          • You don't know anything about the real troubles in the world if you think 13 year-olds don't run away from home and stay away because their parents are monsters.

          • Kids run away every day when their parents abuse or neglect them. They don't run away because they question their parent's religio-political beliefs. If young Omar was well cared for (by a-holes) and then brought to Afgh'stan (by a-holes) and indoctrinated to jihad by his (a-hole) father, that makes him a coerced child soldier.

          • You skated past my question.

            Also, the Khadrs aren't "douchebags" (as if they are a rowdy, drunken, obnoxious group in a two-bit bar) — they are fundamentalist Islamicists.

            Lastly, "we" aren't "punishing" Omar because his parents were "a-holes." Omar killed a medic of his own free will and volition. He also was videotaped parading around with a human head grasped in his hands, not to mention the car bomb training video. This guy fit right in with his Pakistani tribalist Muslims better than anyone in Canada! Actually, I'd say the closest he comes to any Canadian is Russell Williams — minus the title.

  6. "What's would his right course of action have been? "

    Ah…perhaps come out with his hands up?

    …but I'm pretty sure you don't get the 72 virgins for that.

    • Bingo! Even when they were giving him medical aid he did not want it and said he wanted to die. They should have listened, but then they might have been in the same position as Captain Robert Semrau,

      Roger- If at 15 my dad would have tried to get me to aid him in killing or harming Communists (this is the closest thing I can actually relate to as he really hates them because they have caused him much hardship and has told me countless of times of their brutality), I would have run away from home and gone to the police. I would not have gone with him and be ecstatic as I planted an IED.

  7. The whole issue of culpability of child soldiers aside, it would have been nice if the charges against him had been tested in an unbiased court somewhere. As I understand it, there have been disturbing questions about the testimony of some of the witnesses to his alleged crimes, and some concern that his own statements were obtained under torture.

    If he were convicted in an impeccably fair trial with the application of credible evidence, then the issue of criminal responsibility of a 15-year-old could be addressed in sentencing. In the meantime, the presumption of innocence seems to be a quaint nuisance for some commenters here.


  8. Send him to Afghanistan for trial, that is where he killed and terrorized people

  9. Hooray! I agree with the media and my leaders in the liberal/Separatist party, that this is awesome news! I can't wait for Omar the terrorist to come home and within a few years or months be free to enjoy everything Trudeaupia (formally, Canada) has to offer. Omar might be a murderer and a terrorist, but he's our murderer and terrorist, and he should be free to terrorize whomever he decides. In Trudeaupia (formally Canada) the criminal is the victim and that's something you Cons just don't get. Omar is not responsible for his actions and never should be, even if he continues to murder and terrorize, he should never ever be held accountable. If you don't like the cult like ways of the new and improved Canada and our deranged "justice system" than go and live with GB or something.

  10. Child soldier shot in the back defends himself. American soldiers are notorious for shooting everything that moves, friend or foe including wounded children. His death was certain if he did not fight back. Dammed if you do and dead if you don't conundrum.
    Child soldier issue aside when do we charge soldiers for fighting the enemy? I guess the answer is when we make the rules.

    • This guy was not a soldier. They wear uniforms and abide by the rules of war. This guy was no better than a common murderer and should be treated as such.

    • Omar Khadr was not a child Soldier under International Humanitarian Law (I.H.L.) Article 77.2 states, Once a person has reached the age of 15, He/ She cannot be considered a ''child'' Soldier , 14 and under is considered a ''child '' Soldier. Also, Mr. Khadr was charged with ''Murder in violation of the Laws of War '' also International Human Law….So no one is making up the rules, the rules are already in place for Individuals like Mr. Khadr.

  11. It's very simple. This person has garnered as much media attention as possible. Far more than the person(s) he killed. I say take his citizenship away and make him persona non gratia in Canada. WE don't want him nor do we owe him a thing!

  12. Ahhhh it's like a circus a lot of noise and then maybe a few months in prison if he came to canada I think is not fair for the person that was killed and for the citizens of this beautiful country, send him back to wherever he came from we Canadians don't want this guy and his family here

  13. I agree that Omar should be cut some slack for having been only 15 year-old child soldier when he killed the american medic.
    What I do not understand is why his mother was never charged in Canada with child abuse or with failing to provide necessities of life for sending him (or certainly at least allowing him to be sent) to fight in Afghanistan at that age.

  14. He's pleading guilty, without even attempting to exhonerate himself. Why should Canadians pay for his room and board, even if he'll be out soon enough, and then probably become an adult terrorist.

  15. omar is a murderer and a terrorist why then would we want his kind in Canada oh I forgot his name is Omar another Canadian muslim makes a deal one got a big pay check this one gets a get out of jail freecard

  16. He has already spent enough time in prison and tortured.
    Quit supporting suffering you creeps who call yourselves Canadian.

    • Send him and his relatives back to Afghanistan. We dont need that garbage here. Suffering, a mother lost a son because of this idiot. Feed him to the sharks, at least he would be good for something

      • just a question: what was Speers doing in Afghanistan? I'm not excusing what Khadr may or may not have done [ he hasnt been proven guilty of anything – other than choosing a side- which he's paid for]. Speers was a soldier, who presumeably was willing to kill too. You can argue his being there had legal sanction, but he wasn't there on mercy mission either – he knew the risks.

  17. Well, here's the flaw in your argument right here: "Most Canadian kids his age would be helpless if they missed the bus home after the hockey game." Omar Khadr WAS like most Canadian kids. He was born and raised in our borders, attended Canadian schools, received a Canadian education, socialized with other Canadians in a Canadian way. But what should be absolutely frightening to all of you is that this young man chose a fanatical political ideology called Islam as his primary identity and rejected everything this country gave him. This "kid" had no different circumstances than Sammy and Johnny. Just because he's Pakistani by descent doesn't negate the fact that this person is Canadian through and through. He and his family committed treasonous acts against Canada and her citizens and should be ejected to any one of the 57 Nations of Islam, the sharia paradises they wish to instill here, that would surely be glad to have more fanatical recruits. If the Khadrs were residing in Pakistan, every one of those boys would have died already by self-orchestrated suicide bomb.

  18. Come on Derek, he is a friking terrorist. Father or not, he killed someone!!! I would feed him to the local zoo. He is worthless to society and will eventually become a burden on my taxes. Lock him up, lose the key and asta la vista baby!!