Khadr’s con­fes­sion has no va­lid­ity

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Our laws say we owe Khadr (July 6)

Ku­dos to The Spec­ta­tor for sup­port­ing our govern­ment’s com­pen­sa­tion pay­ment to Omar Khadr. Iron­i­cally, the Amer­i­cans who tor­tured him and kept him il­le­gally im­pris­oned for years are su­ing him for more than 13 times his com­pen­sa­tion for his be­ing tor­tured and il­le­gally im­pris­oned.

Khadr’s con­fes­sion to five war crimes came un­der ex­treme duress and there­fore has no va­lid­ity. That a badly wounded boy could throw a grenade at Amer­i­can sol­diers who had killed all around him and tried to kill him is un­be­liev­able.

More­over the Amer­i­cans were the ag­gres­sors in a na­tion upon which they de­clared war and must ac­cept the con­se­quences of their ac­tions. To change the rules of war af­ter the fact demon­strates their ar­ro­gance and dis­re­gard for the rights of man. David R. Beasley, Sim­coe

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