Omar Khadr’s Final Pre-trial Hearing

On Friday, the US Supreme Court declined to stop Omar Khadr’s military commission trial from proceeding.   Pre-trial hearings began at Guantanamo on Monday with the trial scheduled to begin on Tuesday.  Khadr’s lawyer, Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Khadr.   

The hearing also dealt with a number of pre-trial motions. Jackson asked the judge to suppress statements Khadr made while being interrogated in Afghanistan arguing that those statements were made after ill treatment.  The judge, Colonel Patrick Parrish, declined to suppress any of the statements.  They may all be used at trial.   

Jackson also asked the judge to loosen security in the courtroom.  He argued that the security measures currently in place would “taint the jury, insinuating [Khadr’s] guilt.”

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