Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rally held in Edmonton to demand Omar Khadr be sent back to Canada

EDMONTON — Several dozen people held a rally in downtown Edmonton to demand that Omar Khadr be sent back to Canada to face trial in a civilian court.

Khadr, 23, is being held by the Americans at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for allegedly throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan seven years ago.

American authorities have announced that Khadr is among a group of terror suspects at Guantanamo who will be moved to the U.S. to face justice there.

Charlene Scharf, who is with the Edmonton chapter of Amnesty International, argues that Khadr was a child soldier when he allegedly killed the American soldier and didn't fully understand what he was doing.

Fellow protester, Justine Vandergrift, says no human being should have to endure torture in place such as Guantanamo Bay.

Federal government lawyers argued at a Supreme Court hearing on Friday that it's up to elected officials, not the courts, to decide whether Khadr should be sent back to Canada.

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