A Criança de Guantanamo
Canadian Omar Khadr was accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade during a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002. Most of the evidence against him is based on a series of confessions Omar allegedly made at the age of 15 while in U.S. custody at the military base in Bagram and later in Guantanamo. Omar’s defense team claims that these are false confessions extracted under torture.
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The U.S. vs Omar Khadr includes Omar’s first-hand account of the torture and mistreatment he claims to have suffered. Not only is there extensive evidence that the U.S. Forces were using torture in that time period, but a Bagram cellmate and one of his interrogators corroborate his story. One of Omar’s interrogators was later convicted in the murder of a detainee in U.S custody in Bagram.
A detailed re-creation of the firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002 and interviews with eyewitnesses to the battle shows that the U.S. Government put out a demonstrably false version of what took place that day. Some evidence that supported Omar’s claims of innocence was systematically withheld from defense lawyers, while other exculpatory evidence was altered to make him look guilty. There is new stunning evidence which shows that American soldiers were committing war crimes in the aftermath of the battle by “shooting the wounded,” and that the victim was actually killed by “Friendly Fire.” His wounds and medical records indicate that he was hit with the blast of an American grenade that Omar could not have thrown.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has used the terms “Rule of Law” and “Due Process” to describe the Guantanamo military commissions, but Omar’s defense team argues that neither of those terms is appropriate. The U.S. military is allowed to pick the lawyers, the jury, and the judge, and to change the judge if they don’t like his rulings, which has already happened in this case. The process has been denounced by the U.S. and Canadian Bar Associations, and even by the Supreme Courts in both Canada and the United States. President George W Bush and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are among the very few political leaders who still support the military commissions.
The American government claims that Khadr threw a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier. As details of the battle emerge, it is now unclear who threw the grenade and whether the grenade could have belonged to the American troops.[/center]
The Khadr family has become reviled in Canada because of controversial statements made on CBC TV several years ago, but the defense lawyers plead with Canadians to look beyond those revolting statements and see a child who was dragged into the world of Al Qaeda and left with strangers at the age of 15, ordered by his father to be their translator.
The U.S. vs Omar Khadr challenges us to ask whether justice is a right of all citizens or if we allow some to lose that right because we find their cause and their family repugnant.
Este texto é da CBC, uma espécie de BBC Canadiana, encontrando-se o link para a versão original algures neste post :o
Para nao dizerem que sou muito sério!!
Caso queiram informação mais recente e detalhada, aqui está em forma de uma entrevista em video, contendo também um artigo onde é descrito como o único advogado Norte Americano encarregue da defesa de Omar Khadr, desmaiou em pleno tribunal, enquanto decorria a sessão de trabalhos. O caso deu-se durante o primeiro dia do julgamento, tendo o Tenente Coronel e advogado de defesa que sair de maca para um hospital local.
Por falar em hospitais, para os foristas mais macabros, volto a recomendar o video, onde se encontra uma foto de Omar, com um enorme buraco de bala no peito, que até parece ser possivel ver a trajectoria do projectil, tal é a nitidez e gore da imagem. O buraquito foi cortesia dos valentes soldados Norte Americanos, que anteriormente já tinham largado duas bombas de meia tonelada cada (se não estou em erro) na casa onde se encontrava a criança a ordens do pai.
Por isso quando virem nos filmes os soldados a não disparar devido a uma criança cruzar a mira, não acreditem, no mundo real não é assim.
Também se vê outras imagens interessantes no vídeo, mas não esperem mais nenhuma descrição minha por agora.
Mais tarde já darei a minha opinião sobre o caso. Espero que notem o facto de ter utilizado varias fontes de informação ao mesmo tempo que as indiquei claramente.