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Gitmo trial of Canadian youth to begin

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    Gitmo trial of Canadian youth set to begin Michelle Shephard Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/News/article/208502 Now the growing legal team, led by Vokey,
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3 8:21 PM
      Gitmo trial of Canadian youth set to begin
      Michelle Shephard
      Toronto Star
      http://www.thestar.com/News/article/208502


      "Now the growing legal team, led by Vokey, has a month to consider its
      options.

      There are still dozens of legal uncertainties. If Khadr is adamant
      about boycotting the trial, how will Vokey handle being forced to
      mount a defence? He says he'd refuse to participate in a trial if
      Khadr wasn't present, which could result in him being held in contempt
      and court-martialed for refusing an order.

      And then there's the question of whether participating in the process
      would legitimize what he believes are illegal hearings.

      In the end, Vokey says he has to simply think about how to get Khadr
      released from Guantanamo. And ultimately – as with any lawyer and
      their client – Khadr will make the final call.

      But the fight is now political, not legal, Vokey argues.

      Australia just negotiated a deal to get detainee David Hicks returned
      home to serve a nine-month sentence provided he pleads guilty to a
      charge of supporting terrorism and agrees to a series of conditions,
      including a ban on legal action against the U.S. for alleged abuse.
      Hicks's lawyers and the Australian government were criticized by some
      for participating in the hearings. Others praised them for getting
      Hicks out (once he leaves next month, Khadr will remains the only
      detainee from a Western country).

      Vokey says he does not fault Hicks's lawyers, and would encourage
      Khadr to plead guilty to the "JFK assassination," if it meant he could
      go home. But it's unlikely any deal is in the works. Khadr's case
      differs from Hicks's in many ways – not least in that Khadr faces a
      charge of murder, and little public or political pressure has come
      from Canada to bring him home."

      full story;

      http://www.thestar.com/News/article/208502

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