Saturday, September 13, 2008

Guantanamo judge postpones trial for Omar Khadr

A U.S. military judge has postponed the trial of Omar Khadr, a young Canadian man detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the past six years for alleged crimes committed as a teenager.

The trial was supposed to begin next month at Guantanamo Bay, but at a pretrial hearing Thursday the judge announced a schedule change as prosecutors and defence lawyers wrangle over access to evidence and expert witnesses.

The new date has not yet been set.

A spokeswoman for the tribunals, air force Maj. Gail Crawford, said the judge did not immediately explain why he pushed back the Oct. 8 trial date at the U.S. navy base in Cuba.

Khadr was 15 years old when he was taken into custody for allegedly throwing a grenade in a July 2002 firefight at an al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan that led to a U.S. Special Forces commando's death.

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