Sunday, April 5, 2009

Canadian Officials probe Khadr lawyer firing

It is very unlikely that Harper will have much if anything to say about this firing. Kuebler probably did too good a job at defending Khadr and that is why he is fired. Interesting that this should happen on Obama's watch. It will be interesting to see if Obama has anything to say about this.
Unlike Sarkozy Harper seems totally unwilling to take anyone from Guantanamo even a Canadian citizen! When it comes to anyone remotely connected to terrorism Harper seems to have little concern for their human rights even if they are Canadian citizens.

Canadian officials probe Khadr lawyer firing - World - Canadian officials probe Khadr lawyer firing
April 04, 2009 Allan WoodsOttawa Bureau
STRASBOURG–A diplomatic row could be brewing over the surpise decision by the U.S. government to fire terrorism suspect Omar Khadr's military-appointed lawyer.
Canadian officials said this morning that they are looking into reports that U.S. Navy lawyer Lt.-Cmdr. William Kuebler had been removed from the case for improper supervision and management of 22-year-old Khadr's defence team.
Kuebler has led the defence for Canada's only Guantanamo inmate for the last two years.
Khadr is charged with five counts of war crimes linked to allegations he threw a grenade that killed U.S. Sgt. Christopher Speer during a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002. The case has been suspended until May.
A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, who is attending the annual NATO summit in this French-German border town, said the department is seeking more information on the decision to dump Kuebler.
"Canada has always insisted that Mr. Khadr has access to competent counsel of his choice," said Catherine Loubier.
She declined to say whether Cannon had raised the issue with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, or if there was any intention to do so.
Just how hard the Conservative government could go to bat for Khadr is another question. The Tories have repeatedly refused calls to request Khadr's return to Canadian soil, even after U.S. President Barack Obama made clear his intention to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
On Friday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy offered to take one of the detainees from the American-run prison, located in Cuba, saying that Guantanamo wasn't in keeping with U.S. values. The prisoner in question is reportedly an Algerian national.
"I was proud and happy to see that the U.S. has made the decision that we'd awaited, to close that camp." Sarkozy said, adding France's decision to take in a detainee was in response to a direct request from Obama.
"You can't condemn the U.S. because they have that camp and then wash your hands of the matter when they close it. That's not how you're an ally. That's not how you're a friend and that's not how you can be respected worldwide."

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