Obama’s First Military Trial of Gitmo Detainees

August 16, 2010

Credit: REUTERS/Janet Hamlin/Pool

Accused terrorist, Omar Khadr, is the youngest detainee at Guantanamo Bay. Khadr, was captured in Afghanistan in 2002, when he was just 15 years old. He is accused of helping assemble and plant roadside bombs for al Qaeda and of killing a special forces soldier. Last week, (Thursday, August 12, 2010), his trial began, marking the Obama Administration’s first full military trial of suspected terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) .

There has been a lot of discussion over the Due Process Rights of GITMO detainees.  See May 19, 2010 blog article from Tedd C. entitled Guantanamo Detainees and Due Process—This Time in the U.K.   To read some law review articles on the issue of due process for Guantanamo detainees, go to WestlawNext and type in: Due Process Rights of Guantanomo Detainees. Click the Secondary Source link on the left panel to get a list of relevant articles.

Westlaw.com also has a number of dockets online where Omar Khadr is a party.

  • Database: DOCK-FED-ALL
  • Search: PTN(OMAR /2 KHADR) 

Khadr was just a teen when he was caught and detained. One of his defenses is that of being a “child soldier.” Was he too young to know the consequences of his acts? Was he threatened with violence or even death if he did not comply? An interesting article is found on Westlaw.  See International Law and Laws of War and International Criminal Law – Prosecution of Child Solders — United States v. Omar Ahmed Khadr, 33 Suffolk Transnat’l L. Rev. 175.

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