Protestors in Edmonton demand that Khadr be returned to Canada
Omar Khadr was arrested on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2002. He is alleged to have murdered a U.S. soldier with a grenade.
Supporters of Omar Khadr consider him a child soldier and want him brought back to Canada. A federal court has ruled that the Canadian Government is required to seek Khadr's release to Canadian authorities. The Federal government appealed this ruling and lost. This case is now in being argued in front of the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Government position is that a court should not tell the Government how to deal with this prisoner. The case was heard on Friday. A decision is not expected for some time.
Friday the Attorney General, of the United States made an announcement as to the disposition of 10 Gitmo prisoner. Omar Khadr is on the list of those to be tried by a Military Tribunal. A CBC reporter asked the AG as to what the U.S. reaction would be if the request was made by the Canadian Government, the AG was uncommitted and said that the file would have to be reviewed.
Khadr is the only Westerner still held in Guantanamo. He was 15 at the time of his arrest.
Today there is a protest in Edmonton of a couple of dozen supporters of Omar Khadr. Their hope is that their voice will be heard by the Canadian Government. Their argument is that Omar Khadr did not know what he was doing and that no one should have to endure the torture at Guantanamo Bay.
Khadr's family has a long affiliation with Al Quaeda. Those that are supporting Omar Khadr's release, believe that Khadr should not have to pay for the sins of his parents.
EDMONTON — Several dozen people held a rally in downtown Edmonton to demand that Omar Khadr be sent back to Canada to face trial in a civilian court.
Khadr, 23, is being held by the Americans at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for allegedly throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan seven years ago.
American authorities have announced that Khadr is among a group of terror suspects at Guantanamo who will be moved to the U.S. to face justice there.
Charlene Scharf, who is with the Edmonton chapter of Amnesty International, argues that Khadr was a child soldier when he allegedly killed the American soldier and didn't fully understand what he was doing.
Fellow protester, Justine Vandergrift, says no human being should have to endure torture in place such as Guantanamo Bay.