Tuesday, December 06, 2005

We've Deported People For Less

Omar Khadr to face U.S. hearing in January

Suspected terrorist Omar Khadr will face an administrative hearing in January on a murder charge and other counts stemming from a 2002 grenade attack in Afghanistan, the U.S. Defence Department says.

The Toronto-born Khadr, 19, who's been held for more than three years on the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was formally charged last month.

The Jan. 10 hearing is expected to last no more than a day and will likely involve scheduling decisions and entering a plea, the Pentagon says.

Khadr's case was referred last week to a military commission to be led by marine Col. Robert Chester.

The teenager has also been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy and aiding the enemy in an attack that killed a U.S. soldier. He will not face the death penalty. More @ CTV

Too bad about that death penalty thing, this hideous little creep deserves to fry.

Speaking of creeps...

Charter rights don't entitle Khadr to receive Canadian passport, lawyer says

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms doesn't entitle any Canadian - including Abdurahman Khadr - to a passport, a government lawyer argued Tuesday as the man with family ties to al-Qaida fought for the right to have the travel document.

What's more, the absence of a passport doesn't limit Khadr's ability to travel because it is up to individual countries to determine if visitors should be allowed entrance, said lawyer Michael Morris. "There is no authority suggesting such a right (to a passport) exists in Canada," said Morris.

"It doesn't guarantee you a right to travel and it's not necessary for it."

Khadr was denied a passport in April 2004 because of national security concerns and a potentially negative public reaction.

Government lawyers admitted Tuesday that former foreign affairs minister Bill Graham bungled the handling of Khadr's failed application bid.

Court documents reveal that the passport office withheld information from Khadr and his lawyer related to the decision because CSIS requested secrecy.

The Khadrs are all Canadian citizens and have had a strained relationship with Canadian officials since it was revealed that the family's patriarch, Ahmed Said, was a close associate of Osama bin Laden.

He was killed in a gun battle with U.S.-led coalition forces in Pakistan in October 2003.

Khadr has said he grew up in an "al-Qaida family," and participated in a training camp related to the terror group. He was previously detained on Guantanamo Bay as an American agent but later returned to Canada. More @ CP

Lets just deport the lot of them then.


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