DOD Announces Sentence for Detainee Omar Khadr

The Department of Defense announced today that a military commission sentenced Omar Khadr to 40 years in confinement after he pleaded guilty to murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism, and spying. Khadr was sentenced to 40 years by a panel of military officers, known as “members” — the equivalent of a jury in civilian courts.  Under the rules provided by the Manual for Military Commissions, Khadr will not receive credit for the time (more than eight years) that he spent in law of war detention before his conviction.  Khadr’s sentence is limited by the terms of his plea agreement to eight years confinement, but he receives the benefit of whichever is less — the adjudged sentence or the eight-year sentence limitation.  Consistent with the terms of Khadr’s plea agreement, the governments of Canada and the United States exchanged notes reflecting that both would support Khadr’s transfer to Canadian custody to serve the remainder of his approved sentence after he serves one year in U.S. custody.

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