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June 05, 2007

What a Difference a Word Can Make

You really do have to laugh at the mess that is the Guantanamo Bay legal system:

The prosecution of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay was thrown into chaos yesterday after a military judge threw out all charges against a young Canadian detainee.

The judge, Colonel Peter Brownback, said that Toronto-born Omar Khadr, who was captured in Afghanistan aged 15 in 2002, had only ever been defined as an "enemy combatant" at earlier hearings and not an "unlawful enemy combatant".

Col Brownback said this meant that Khadr did not come under the jurisdiction of the military tribunal system at the base in Cuba, created last year under the Military Commissions Act. He said that all charges were "dismissed without prejudice".

Wouldn't it all be simpler to try them in the legal system that already exists?

June 5, 2007 in Law | Permalink

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Yes, but then they'd keep getting acquitted because of a lack of evidence, and a court system that is hardly biased at all.

Posted by: Marcin Tustin | Jun 5, 2007 10:26:42 AM