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Detainee Charges Dismissed On Technicality

From an overjoyed Associated Press:

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Detainee

Military Judge Dismisses Terror Charges Against Guantanamo Bay Detainee on Technicality


A military judge dismissed charges Monday against a Canadian who was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan, a surprise ruling that came minutes into the arraignment of the man classified as an “enemy combatant” at Guantanamo Bay.

Omar Khadr faced charges he committed murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism and spying.

Khadr had been classified as an “enemy combatant” by a military panel years earlier at Guantanamo Bay, but because he was not classified as an “alien unlawful enemy combatant,” Army Col. Peter Brownback said he had no choice but to throw the case out.

“The charges are dismissed without prejudice,” Brownback said as he adjourned the proceeding…

The dismissal of the charges does not mean he will be freed from Guantanamo…

Khadr was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan after a firefight in 2002 in which he was wounded and allegedly killed a U.S. soldier with a grenade. He appeared in the courtroom with a beard and wearing an olive-green prison uniform.


This is what you would expect from our domestic courts.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 4th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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