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Canada Omar Khadr appeal American military court remains in limbo: lawyer

22:07  18 november  2019
22:07  18 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr and his lawyer Nate Whitling speak with media outside the courthouse in Edmonton on February 26, 2019. His case has been in limbo ever since, so his American lawyer asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in April to order

Omar Khadr speaks outside court in Edmonton on December 13, 2018. A military court is refusing to lift a stay of Whitling said it’s ridiculous that the appeal is still in limbo years after it was filed. In April, Khadr ’s American lawyer , Sam Morison, asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of

Omar Khadr holding a phone © Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc

A military court is refusing to lift a stay of Omar Khadr's appeal of his convictions in Guantanamo Bay.

His Edmonton lawyer, Nate Whitling, says the new order by the United States Court of Military Commission Review could mean years of additional delay for his client.

The Canadian-born Khadr was captured as a wounded 15-year old in Afghanistan in 2002 and later pleaded guilty to five war crimes — including the murder of an American special forces soldier — before a widely disparaged commission in Guantanamo Bay.

Khadr filed an appeal with the commission review in 2013, arguing that the offences were not war crimes when he allegedly committed them.

His case has been in limbo ever since, so his American lawyer asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in April to order the military court to hear the appeal.

That decision is still pending, but the order by the military court says that it has no reason to vacate the stay.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2019.

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