ELLIOTT SMITH: Pitseleh

[Dir. by JAMES DOOLITTLE]

WIKIPEDIA: Omar Ahmed Khadr (??? ???? ???, born September 19, 1986) is the fourth child in the Canadian Khadr family. He was captured by American forces at the age of 15 following a four-hour firefight with militants in the village of Ayub Kheyl, Afghanistan.[1] He has spent six years in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps charged with war crimes and providing support to terrorism after allegedly throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier.[2] A Canadian citizen born in Toronto,[3][4] he is the youngest prisoner held in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp by the United States and has been frequently referred to as a child soldier.[5][6] The only Western citizen remaining in Guantanamo, Khadr is unique in that Canada has refused to seek extradition or repatriation despite the urgings of Amnesty International, UNICEF, the Canadian Bar Association and other prominent organisations.[7][8][9][10] Khadr is the only Guantanamoomar_khadr_-_pd-family-released.jpg detainee who has faced a judge and who is not boycotting the military tribunals.[11] In February 2008, the Pentagon accidentally released documents that revealed that although Khadr was present during the firefight, there was no other evidence that he had thrown the grenade. In fact, military officials had originally reported that another of the surviving militants had thrown the grenade just before being killed.[12]

CTV: A military judge has dismissed charges against Canadian detainee Omar Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan, saying the case is outside his jurisdiction….Khadr had been classified as an “enemy combatant” by a military panel years earlier. But because he was not classified as an “alien unlawful enemy combatant,” Army Col. Peter Brownback said he had no choice but to throw the case out. “The charges are dismissed without prejudice,” Brownback said as he adjourned the proceeding. Under the Military Commissions Act, which U.S. President George Bush signed last year after the Supreme Court threw out the previous war-crimes trial system, only those classified as “unlawful” enemy combatants can face war trials there. “Obviously there are illegal enemy combatants and then there are legal enemy combatants,” Clark said. “In other words if you’re wearing the uniform of another country, just because you fired a shot in anger at an American soldier doesn’t mean that it is illegal,” Clark said. MORE

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