Now Reading:

Canadian man pleads guilty at Gitmo trial

world news

Canadian man pleads guilty at Gitmo trial


A Canadian man held in Guantanamo Bay on Monday pleaded guilty to all the charges against him in a trial at the US military base.

Omar Khadr admitted to conspiring with al Qaeda to kill a American soldier with a grenade in Afghanistan.

His confession is thought to have been part of a plea bargain enabling him to serve almost all the rest of his sentence in Canada.

Now 24, Khadr was captured in Afghanistan when he was only 15 years old.

Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s defence lawyer, said:’‘I have never met anybody who has suffered so much, who had been abandoned by so many people and yet I’ve never heard a single angry word uttered from his lips. He is a loving, kind person irrespective of what any prosecution witness may wish to tell you.”

The reported deal ends a widely criticised trial, in which the US became the first nation to prosecute a juvenile for war crimes since the Second World War.

Khadr remains Guantanamo’s youngest captive.

Every story can be told in many ways: see the perspectives from Euronews journalists in our other language teams.

Next Article