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December 2010 , Page 5 

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‘Camp Justice’: Guantánamo’s ‘Child Soldier’ Pleads Guilty (From the President)

By Jim E. Lavine

Canadian Guantánamo detainee Omar Khadr pleaded guilty on Oct. 25 to charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, spying, and material support of al Qaeda. Khadr was 15 years old when he was shot and captured after a four-hour firefight in the Afghan village of Ayub Kheyl in July 2002. He has spent more than a third of his life in U.S. military detention, and until his plea, he faced the prospect of being prosecuted in what NACDL believes to be a gravely flawed and illegitimate military commission system with rules that heavily favor the prosecution and a jury with the power to sentence him to life in prison. And so the Guantánamo military commissions can now count an ex-child soldier as its fifth conviction after two presidents and nine years. 

After the plea hearing, the chief prosecutor, Navy Capt. John Murphy, held a press conference. “Omar Khadr stands convicted of being a murderer and convicted of being a terrorist,” Murphy proclaimed. “He was c

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