August 12th, 2010
09:29 AM ET

Military trial for Canadian-born terrorism suspect Omar Khadr is underway

Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba (CNN) The Obama Administration’s first full military trial of a terrorist suspect at Guantanamo Bay Navy Base in Cuba formally started Thursday morning.

The panel of 7 military officers seated for the Military Commission began hearing opening statements in the case against Canadian-born terrorist suspect Omar Khadr, captured on the Afghanistan battlefield in 2002, when he was 15 years old.

The prosecution says Khadr was an enemy combatant in violation of the laws of war, that he was helping assemble and plant roadside bombs for al Qaeda and that he killed a special forces solider, Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer with a grenade. Speer’s wife, Tabitha, is expected in the courtroom and will be a key prosecution witness in the sentencing phase if Khadr is found guilty.

The defense maintains Khadr was a child solider, coereced by the adults around him and expected to argue that there is no tangible evidence, admist a confusing firefight,  that Khadr three the grenade.

Army Colonel Pat Parrish, the Military Commission judge has predicted the proceedings could take several weeks.

The prosecution Thursday immediately brought in a table-top model to help illustrate what happened on the battlefield and started describing Khadr as a terrorist trained by al Qaeda and "dedicated to killing as many Americans as possible."

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  1. Greg

    As a Canadain, I'm ashamed that our government has spent so much money trying to keep this terrorist in comfort.

    August 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      I'm also Canadian, and I'd enjoy seeing this Talibanand al-queda follwer sent back for trial in Afghanistan.
      But first, strip this traitor of his Canadian citizenship.
      before you show to much sympathy for this poor 15 year boy, keep in mind if he hadn't been caught, he'd STILL be over theretrying to kill more American and Canadian personnel !!

      October 18, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Greg, Ontario

    He gave up his claim to being Canadian the day he decided to do harm to a Canadian Ally. I say shoot him and deport the rest of his family.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |