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Canadian at Gitmo pleads guilty to all charges

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Omar Khadr pleaded to five charges including murder for throwing a grenade that mortally wounded the soldier during a fierce raid on an al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan in 2002. The now 24-year-old defendant also admitted to planting improvised explosive devices and receiving weapons training from the terrorist network. ....

Khadr, who had previously pleaded not guilty and rejected a plea agreement, stared down at the defense table without making eye contact with the judge. Asked if anyone had made any promises to him so that he would plead guilty, he answered simply "no."

"You should only do this if you truly believe it is in your best interests," the judge told him.

Earlier, his lawyers had said they hoped to secure an agreement because he faced a possible life sentence under a military tribunal system that they believe favors the prosecution despite changes adopted under President Barack Obama.

"There's not much choice," attorney Dennis Edney said. "He either pleads guilty to avoid trial, or he goes to trial, and the trial is an unfair process."....

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Comment by Anonymous
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 The photo illustrates it and Mr. Oshanek describes it ==== to perfection.

What a pathetic country America has become.

Comment by Lawrence Oshanek
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What a bastion of tormentors, thieves, liars, torturers and killers America has become. Be proud of yourselves ... getting this man to plead guilty is a great victory ... Hooray for the USA. Please, stay out of Canada ... you'll not fit company for human beings. Lawrence A. Oshanek Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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