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Guilty plea for Canadian who was 15 when captured in Afghanistan, thoughts?

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Canadian captive Omar Khadr pleaded guilty on Monday to all five terrorism charges against him in the U.S. war crimes tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay naval base as part of a deal that would limit his sentence.

Khadr, who was captured in Afghanistan at age 15 and is now 24, admitted he conspired with al Qaeda and killed a U.S. soldier with a grenade in Afghanistan. Before finalizing the plea, the judge said he would question Khadr to ensure the defendant understood he was waiving his right to appeal.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:56 AM on Oct. 25, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The whole thing is freaking sad. That is all I can say.

    Answer by gammie at 11:52 AM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • It's commonplace for children to be in the killing fields in those areas. I think they do use brain washing techniques from birth as a standard practice. They really believe killing is the way to get into heaven. He did it and he admitted it. I think it should be accepted.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:28 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • I have a hard time feeling sorry for a murderer..15 is old enough to know it is wrong.. I do hate the situation/society that pushed a young man into this.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 3:07 PM on Oct. 25, 2010


    Terms of the plea deal were not immediately disclosed, but lawyers had reportedly discussed an agreement that would let Khadr serve one more year at Guantanamo and then seven years in Canada.

    The plea deal would end a widely criticized trial that made the United States the first nation since World War Two to prosecute someone in a war crimes tribunal for acts allegedly committed as a juvenile.


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:56 AM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • Khadr is the second man to plead guilty in the tribunal during the administration of President Barack Obama, whose efforts to close the detention camp have been blocked by Congress. He is the fifth captive convicted since the United States established the tribunals to try foreign captives on terrorism charges after the September 11 attacks in 2001.


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:57 AM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • he admitted it.

    under threat of death by rape. you ok with considering that admissible?


    Answer by autodidact at 6:25 PM on Oct. 25, 2010