Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ottawa’s cruel treatment of Omar Khadr must stop

Toronto Star – Humera Jabir, Editorial Comment

The Alberta Court of Appeal is clear: the conviction of Omar Khadr is unconstitutional under Canadian law, based solely on a confession extract under torture and then a trail under military law. The court condemned the underlying legal principles of the conviction. But less than three hours after the court’s decision was announced, the federal government announced the intent to appeal the ruling and its determination to keep Khadr in an adult maximum security prison for the rest of his US sentence due to expire in 2018. Khadr’s first seven months was also served in solitary, a practice that violates the two week maximum norm set by the UN.