April 16, 2008

Khadr defense urges federal appeals court to review 'enemy combatant' distinctions

aitlin Price at 3:03 PM ET

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[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] argued before a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Tuesday that the court has jurisdiction to intervene in Khadr's case to determine whether only detainees found to be "unlawful enemy combatants" may be subject to a military commission [DOD materials], or if such hearings also apply to "enemy combatants." Department of Justice lawyers argued that under the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [S 3930 materials], no civilian court can consider an appeal of a war crimes case until a military court has issued a final judgment. Chief Judge David B. Sentelle said that the MCA does not appear to expressly grant jurisdiction, but no final ruling was issued.

Khadr, now 21, faces life imprisonment after allegedly throwing a grenade that killed one US soldier and wounded another while fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2002. He was charged [charge sheet, PDF; JURIST report] in April 2007 with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism, as well as spying. Khadr's trial was originally scheduled to begin May 5, but last month US military judge Col. Peter Brownback postponed the trial [JURIST report] and instead scheduled a May 8 hearing in order to hear arguments on a number of evidence issues that must be reconciled before the trial can begin. AP has more.

When, o when, does Omar get a break?

And SHAME on Canada for letting this go on

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Court to hear arguments over Khadr jurisdiction

The Canadian Press

Washington -- A U.S. Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments over whether it has jurisdiction to hear a defence bid to quash the terrorism case against Canadian Omar Khadr.

The government will argue today that the District of Columbia court can't get involved in the case, playing out in fits and starts before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.

But the defence will argue the appeals court has jurisdiction to ultimately decide whether the U.S. Defence Department has the authority to proceed against Mr. Khadr.

A special military court ruled last year that the military judge in Mr. Khadr's case, Colonel Peter Brownback, could determine that Mr. Khadr is an "unlawful" enemy combatant and proceed with his murder trial. It's that ruling the defence is appealing.

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