Court refuses to expedite Khadr appeal

The Globe and Mail reports that Canada’s courts have effectively handed the Harper government a win in its fight against Omar Khadr by refusing to take up the case on an urgent basis, his lawyer said Tuesday. In his decision, Mr. Justice David Stratas of the Federal Court of Appeal said he had no choice but to deny Mr. Khadr’s request to have the matter heard on an urgent basis. He said that was because the court had twice turned down a similar request from Mr. Khadr.

“I am bound by these earlier refusals unless Mr. Khadr can demonstrate, through evidence of a significant new development, that there has been a marked change in circumstances,” Judge Stratas wrote.

“Mr. Khadr has not shown this.”

The collapse of Mr. Khadr’s lawyer, Lieutenant-Colonel Jon Jackson, last month and the adjournment of the case until October to allow him to recover did not amount to a “marked” change in circumstance, Judge Stratas said.


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