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US Supreme Court asked to halt Khadr's trial

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A military defence lawyer for Omar Khadr says that he has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the upcoming war crimes trial of the youngest detainee at Guantanamo Bay.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A military defence lawyer for Omar Khadr says that he has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the upcoming war crimes trial of the youngest detainee at Guantanamo Bay.

The trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 10 for the Toronto-born inmate and it would be the first at the U.S. Navy base under President Barack Obama's administration.

Khadr, son of a slain al-Qaida financier, is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan and faces a maximum life sentence if convicted. Khadr was 15 when he was captured in 2002.

His lawyer, Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, argues that the offshore system for prosecuting terror suspects is unconstitutional. Among other concerns, he says it is unfair because it is reserved only for non-U.S. citizens.

Jackson says the military commissions provide the young Canadian only second class justice.

Jackson says he filed the emergency petition with the high court Monday because a federal appeals court in Washington had not acted on a request he filed four months ago.

 
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