Thursday, July 17, 2008

No easy options in Khadr case, say experts

Prosecuting Omar Khadr under Canadian law would be a complex, challenging and unprecedented process, experts say. Lawyers representing the lone Canadian prisoner in Guantanamo Bay renewed their calls for his repatriation this week following the release of a videotape showing his interrogation by Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents in 2003.

The tape shows Mr. Khadr, who was 16 years old at the time, weeping and complaining about the medical treatment he received at the U.S. military prison in Cuba.

Opposition politicians agreed the recording underscores the need to bring Mr. Khadr home to face Canadian justice. But experts familiar with the case warn his repatriation would likely be a messy legal affair and that it would be next to impossible to secure a criminal conviction in Canada.

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