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#Omar Khadr

# omar-khadr - Thursday 7 May, 2015

Man who killed US soldier with a grenade when he was 15 freed from jail

Omar Khadr arrived in Guantanamo Bay aged 15.

# omar-khadr - Sunday 30 September, 2012

Guantanamo's youngest detainee transferred to Canada

Canadian Omar Khadr, who was also the last westerner held at Guantanamo, was just 16 when he was detained in 2002.

# omar-khadr - Monday 16 August, 2010

THE GUANTANAMO BAY TRIAL of Omar Khadr, the Canadian national accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier in 2002, has been delayed by at least a month after Khadr’s lawyer collapsed in court. He was suffering from complications from a gallbladder surgery.

# omar-khadr - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

THE TRIAL has begun at Guantanamo Bay of Omar Khadr, in the first trial at the controversial military camp since the election of President Barack Obama.

Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was 15 when he was captured by American troops in 2002 in Afghanistan, where he was accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier towards the end of a four-hour bombardment of an al-Qaeda facility in Khost.

Khadr faces charges of murder, providing material support for terrorism, and spying. He denies having anything to do with the fundamentalistic Islamic terrorist group, however, saying he was brought to Afghanistan by his father.

He is is the youngest detainee at Guantanamo and the last remaining Western prisoner being held there. He is also the only detainee being charged with murder.

Aside from being the first trial held at Guantanamo since Obama’s election – in which the closure of the facility was a core plank of Obama’s election promises – the trial is the first time since World War II that the United States is trying someone in a military setting for acts committed as a minor.

Khadr’s legal team have insisted that the now-23-year-old be treated as a child soldier, while the United Nations has condemned the fact Kkadr is being tried at all, asserting that children should not be tried before military tribunals.

Yesterday’s action at the court was largely taken up by jury selection, with potential jurors asked if they believed it inappropriate to try a juvenile for a serious crime, or if they had an issue with someone being tried eight years after their alleged offences.

They were also asked if they had ever seen a Muslim person on a plane and feared that that person may attempt to hijack their flight.

If found guilty of murder, Khadr will face life imprisonment.