Human rights group Juvenile Law Center has urged US President-elect Mr. Barack Obama to stop the war-crime trial that has been charged against Omar Khadr, a Canadian resident. The charges that have been brought against Omar Khadr has been that of illegal killing of a US soldier while fighting Taliban in US led NATO forces.
The trial will be the first one scheduled at Guantanamo only six days after the inauguration takes place. While contacted by journalists, Mr. Obama's staff however, completely avoided answering the issue. They reportedly stated that the president-elect was preparing to order the closing of various detainee prisons soon after taking the charge of the office. It should be remembered that closure of Guantanamo had been a promise that Mr. Obama repeatedly made. Though, as the reports point out, there has been a little hedging on his part in detailing the timing as well as the next possible destination for the prisoners.
While asked Ms. Marsha Levick, the legal director of the Juvenile Law Center stated that they were not asking that Omar Khadr be released. However, the demand of halting the trial for the time being will be there. She clarified further that the halting was necessary due to the fact that he was only 15, and therefore a child soldier while killing a U.S. soldier in a firefight in Afghanistan.
It has been reported in international media quite often that Mr. Khadr happens to be one of paltry 250 Guantanamo detainees that have been officially charged with a crime.