It’s Over: Khadr Gets “Eight Years”
This according to AP:
The sentence was handed down Sunday under a plea bargain in which the young Canadian admitted to five war crimes charges, including killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. Under the deal, the judge was limited to the eight-year sentence and had to ignore the recommendation of a military jury that Khadr serve 40 years.
The case attracted intense scrutiny and criticism because Khadr was 15 when he was captured after suffering serious wounds during a four-hour battle at an al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan in 2002.
Appearing relaxed, Khadr stared straight ahead as the judge read a sentence that calls for him to stay at the Guantanmo prison another year before he can ask Canada’s government to allow him to return to his homeland to serve out his sentence or seek early release on parole. He doesn’t get credit for the eight years he already spent at Guantanamo.
The Canadian government gave no indication how it might react. Melissa Lantsman, a spokeswoman for Canada’s foreign affairs minister, said only that a decision will be made when Khadr formally applies.
Anyone want to play over/under? I say that Khadr serves no more than two years in a Canadian prison — just long enough for America to lose interest in him.