[Ppnews] Omar Khadr statement at July 12 Guantanamo Bay hearing

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Omar Khadr statement at July 12 Guantanamo Bay hearing

Published On Mon Jul 12 2010

<http://www.thestar.com/topic/omarkhadr>Omar Khadr & Guantanamo Bay»


The Canadian Press

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA­What Canadian terror suspect 
Omar Khadr said to the judge Monday about his 
reasons for boycotting the U.S. military tribunal process at Guantanamo Bay:

Your honour, I’m boycotting this military 
commission because, firstly, the unfairness and unjustice of it.

I say this because not one of the lawyers I’ve 
had, or human rights organizations, or any 
person, ever say that this commission is fair or 
looking for justice, but on the contrary they say 
it’s unfair and unjust and that it has been 
constructed to convict detainees, not to find the 
truth (so how can I ask for justice from a 
process that does not have it or offer it) and to 
accomplish political and public goal.

And what I mean is when I was offered a plea 
bargain, it was up to 30 years which I was going 
to spend only five years so I asked why the 30 
years. I was told it make the U.S. government 
look good in the public eyes and other political causes.

Secondly: The unfairness of the rules that will 
make a person so depressed that he will admit to 
alligations [sic] made upon him or take a plea 
offer that will satisfy the U.S. government and 
get him the least sentence possible and legitimize this sham process.

Therefore I will not willingly let the U.S. 
government use me to fulfil its goal. I have been 
used many times when I was a child and that’s why 
I’m here taking blame and paying for things I 
didn’t have a choice in doing but was told to do by elders.

Lastly I will not take any plea offer because it 
will give excuse for the government for torturing 
and abusing me when I was a child.

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