By Michelle Shephard
A prize-winning journalist tells the troubling tale of Canadian Omar Khadr, who has spent 1 / 4 of his existence growing to be up in Guantanamo Bay.
Khadr used to be captured in Afghanistan in July 2002 on the age of 15. Accused via the Pentagon of throwing a grenade that killed U.S. soldier Sgt. first-class Christopher Speer, Khadr faces fees of conspiracy and homicide. His case is decided to be the 1st struggle crimes trial considering global struggle II.
In Guantanamo's Child, veteran reporter Michelle Shephard strains Khadr's roots in Canada, Pakistan and Afghanistan, starting to be up surrounded by means of al Qaeda's elite. She examines how his despised relations, dubbed "Canada's First kin of Terrorism," has overshadowed his trial and left him on my own in the back of bars for greater than 5 years. Khadr's tale is going to the center of what is fallacious with the U.S. administration's post-9/11 guidelines and why Canada is accountable by way of organization. His tale explains how the shortcoming of due procedure can create sufferers and result in retribution, and rather than justice, gas terrorism.
Michelle Shephard is a countrywide defense reporter for the Toronto Star and the recipient of Canada's best journalism awards.
"You may be stunned, saddened and in any case indignant on the tale this web page turner of a ebook exposes. I learn it instantly via and Omar Khadr's plight is one you can't forget."
—Michael Ratner, long island, President of the guts for Constitutional Rights
"Michelle Shephard's richly pronounced, good written account of Omar Khadr's trajectory from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the cells of Guantanamo is a microcosm of the bigger "war on terror" during which the teenaged Khadr both performed the position of a jihadist assassin or tragic pawn or, probably, either roles."
—Peter Bergen, writer of Holy warfare, Inc. and The Osama bin encumbered I know
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Elsamnah acknowledged Khadr went to the police station an afternoon after he got here domestic to whinge in regards to the raid and didn’t go back. “Does a felony visit the police station by way of himself? ” a tearful Elsamnah requested a Reuters reporter ten days later. “They can fabricate any crime opposed to him. ” Pakistan’s inside minister Naseerullah Babar informed Parliament on December three suspected ﬁnancier of the bombing have been arrested as he crossed the border. It used to be transparent he used to be speaking approximately Khadr, which intended Khadr have been picked up sooner than he even crossed into Pakistan. yet a file via an Ottawa legal professional employed by way of HCI after Khadr’s arrest said that Khadr had come into Pakistan on December 2 with no incident and again to his HCI ofﬁce tomorrow. Seven police investigators arrived to speak with him and 3 different employees—the ofﬁce supervisor, the assistant accountant and chauffeur. The investigators requested them to come back to Islamabad for extra wondering and once they arrived on the station they have been taken into custody, Canadian legal professional Marc Duguay wrote in 1996. Khadr was once interrogated for ﬁve days through either Egyptian and Pakistani specialists. “He used to be stored blindfolded and was once pressured to undergo consistent forty eight The Khadr influence accusations, ﬁlthy language, threats linked to his kinfolk and diverse other kinds of mental and actual intimidation,” Duguay wrote. “He used to be left to sleep on a chair in the course of a number of nights. worry strategies have been additionally hired, resembling using a surprise stick, hair pulling and, in a single example, a possibility was once made that he will be taken to a laboratory, and then he may by no means sleep with a girl back. ” On December 14, Pakistan ofﬁcially conﬁrmed Khadr’s detention. via then, he was once on a starvation strike and have been transferred to a health facility in Islamabad. In Canada, a bunch of supporters in Toronto and Ottawa’s Muslim groups started to stream a petition hard his free up. Elsamnah left Peshawar and took her six childrens to Islamabad in order that they may possibly stopover at Khadr on the criminal medical institution. A sincerely traumatized nine-yearold Omar occasionally slept beside his father within the health center mattress as he had while his father were injured. Elsamnah additionally took her little ones to front garden of the Canadian excessive fee in Islamabad the place she staged a protest and demanded that the Canadian executive aid certainly one of its voters. The timing in their protest used to be ideal. A planeload of Canada’s elite left Ottawa simply after New Years 1996 on an eleven-day, four-country exchange venture led via Canadian top Minister Jean Chrétien. On board have been seven provincial premiers, the various country’s mayors, a smattering of collage professors and greater than three hundred enterprise pros. there has been additionally the considered necessary contingent of Canadian reporters who may record the best minister’s each step via India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia. those overseas exchange missions have been noticeable with a purpose to safe overseas enterprise bargains and exhibit what assets Canada needed to provide except wheat and wooden.