Extra | The only Canadian captive at Guantánamo Bay
01/28/2008 9:25 AM
08/03/2010 12:01 AM
OMAR AHMED KHADR
Born Sept. 19, 1986, in Toronto, Canada.
Was severely wounded when he was captured by U.S. forces in a July 27, 2002, firefight near Khost, Afghanistan. Pentagon alleges he threw a grenade that killed Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, a Special Forces medic, and wounded another in the U.S. military assault on a suspected al Qaeda compound.
Single, he is the son of Ahmed Said Khadr, an alleged al Qaeda financier and also an Egyptian-born Canadian citizen who was killed in Pakistan after the son arrived in Guantánamo, and a Palestinian-Canadian woman now living with several of Omar's brothers and sisters in Eastern Canada.
First held in a U.S. detention center in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Arrived at Guantánamo on Oct. 28. 2002, after his 16th birthday, after Camp X-Ray was closed, and sent to Camp Delta overlooking the Caribbean.
Pentagon records say he was 5-foot-8 and weighed 155 pounds when he arrived. The military last publicly reported his weight as 180.9 pounds on Dec. 2, 2006.
He met his first lawyers two years after arriving at the prison camps -- two law professors from George Washington University who filed a habeas corpus petition at a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., declaring his detention unlawful.
He was first charged on Nov. 7, 2005, but the case was dropped in June 2006 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Bush administration's war court was unconstitutional.
New charges were sworn out under a new war court format on Feb. 2, 2007.
He is defended by Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, a career military attorney who was ordered to continue as his defense counsel despite Khadr's April 2010 bid to fire his entire defense team. He also has two Canadian lawyers who under war court rules can function as foreign legal advisors but not practice at the military commissions bar. They are Dennis Edney and Nate Whitling. Through the years Khadr has repeatedly fired a series of attorneys who were both assigned and volunteered to work on his case, among them the law professors who were his first advocates and a Marine lieutenant colonel who went on to do military defense work on the West Coast and two Washington D.C. lawyers, Barry Coburn and Kobie Flowers, who had prepared to defend him with Jackson at trial.
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