One of Guantanamo Bay’s most criticised trials has ended with the Canadian captive Omar Khadr pleading guilty to terrorist charges.
Khadr, now 24, was only 15 and gravely wounded when captured during a fire fight in Afghanistan. He was accused of throwing a grenade which killed a US soldier.
Military Prosecutor John Murphy said: “Omar Khadr over and over again repeated ‘Yes, that is correct. I did that. I am a murderer. I am an al Qaida murderer.’ What you saw puts a lie to the long standing argument by some that Omar Khadr is a victim.”
But defence lawyer Dennis Edney believes as a juvenile, Khadr should never have been prosecuted in the first place.
He said: “Mr. Khadr is an innocent man and Mr. Khadr was put into a hellish conflict where he continues to remain in this hell hole that has a record, internationally, of abuse.”
Khadr has already spent eight years in Guantanamo- in return for his guilty plea he will serve one more year there and then be sent home to Canada to serve another seven.