Sunday, October 31, 2010

Guantanamo Bay's youngest militant Omar Khadr jailed

31 October 2010

A US military tribunal has sentenced a self-confessed Islamist militant to 40 years in jail on charges that include murdering a US soldier and conspiring to commit terrorist acts.

Canadian Omar Khadr, now 24, pleaded guilty to the charges at the Guantanamo Bay tribunal last week.

However, Khadr's plea deal limited his sentence to eight years.

Caught in 2002 at the age of 15, he is the fifth Guantanamo inmate to be convicted at the military tribunals.

A seven-member military panel deliberated for nearly nine hours over a two-day period before reaching its decision on Sunday.

Khadr admitted five war crimes charges. Under his plea deal, the native of Toronto is expected to be sent home to Canada after serving one year at Guantanamo Bay.

The widow of the US soldier who Khadr admitted killing with a grenade in Afghanistan cheered as the jury's decision was read out in the courtroom.


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