Appeal in the U.S. - Against the conviction in Guantanamo Military Court
Today, November 8, Omar and his lawyers filed an appeal in Washington, to fight his illegal conviction in a Military Court in Guantanamo, for the war crimes that didn’t exist under international law, when he was captured by the U.S. as a 15-year-old in Afghanistan in 2002. Therefor the military commission had no legal authority to try him or accept his guilty pleas. He pleaded guilty to the war crimes to get out of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre where he was held for 10 years.
Read more here:
- Edmonton Journal: U.S. lawyer details his fight against Khadr’s war-crimes convictions
- The Globe and Mail: Omar Khadr set to appeal war-crime convictions, incl. interview Sam Morison, Omar’s U.S. lawyer
- The Canadian Press: Interview with Sam Morison, Omar’s U.S. lawyer about the appeal in U.S. court
- The Star: Omar Khadr seeks to overturn Guantanamo conviction
- The Star: Canada co-operated with U.S. in abusing Omar Khadr’s rights, lawsuit claims.
- Phillips Gill, lawsuit claim: Omar Khadr: Why this case matters
Appeal in Canada - Against judge Rooke’s decision; that thwarts transfer from maximum-security federal prison to a provincial jail
On the 6th of November Omar and his lawyer filed an appeal against the Court of Queen’s Bench decision that denied his request to be transferred to a provincial jail. There he can finally receive appropriate rehabilitation. Dennis Edney states: “I am essentially arguing that the judge got it wrong in both fact and law”.
Omar’s detention in the Edmonton maximum-security institution is illegal because he was a child when captured by the U.S..
Read more here:
- Edmonton Journal: Omar Khadr appeals court decision that keeps him in prison.
- Macleans: Omar Khadr appeals ruling that denied his transfer from a maximum-security prison to a provincial jail.