Image Source: Omar Khadr Project
Khadr skips hearing for 2nd day
Anonymous - CBC News
April 30, 2010
For a second straight day, Canadian Omar Khadr refused to attend his pretrial hearing at a U.S. military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Omar Khadr is questioned by members of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in a Guantanamo Bay prison cell in this image taken from a 2003 video. Omar Khadr is questioned by members of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in a Guantanamo Bay prison cell in this image taken from a 2003 video. (U.S. Department of Defence/Associated Press)
The 23-year-old, who is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. army medic in Afghanistan in 2002, said his prison guards were intimidating him and tried to humiliate him during body searches.
"He believes it comes too close to his genitalia in the way it's being done," Khadr lawyer Barry Coburn said, according to the Reuters news agency.
Khadr said he would only show up when he was treated with respect, but U.S. army Col. Patrick Parrish, who is presiding over the proceedings, said he wouldn't let an accused dictate tribunal procedure. Parrish ordered the hearing to continue without Khadr.
On Thursday morning, Khadr refused to attend his pretrial hearing because prison guards demanded he put on blackout goggles and earmuffs for the van ride to the court. The guards at the U.S. naval base in Cuba wanted to prevent him from seeing and hearing anything while he was being transported, something Khadr's lawyer said he had never been required to do before.