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Omar Ahmed Khadr

Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen. He was born in Toronto on September 19, 1986. He was fifteen years old when he was taken prisonner by U.S. forces in Afghanistan on July 2002. He was severely wounded in the battle where he was captured. He was then sent to the Bagram air force base where he was tortured. On October 2002, he was sent to the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The U.S. government accuses Omar Khadr to have killed an American soldier and wants him to be judged as a war criminal. Omar is the last and unique western Citizen being held in Guantánamo. The Canadian conservative government has refused to ask his repatriation.

Omar Khadr on Amnesty International.

Moazzam Begg

«I remember the last time I’ve met Omar and he said to me: “Nobody cares about me”. The pity that I felt for him, I’ve never felt for anyone that I saw during all the time in Guantánamo and Bagram.»

I’m director of the organization for human rights Cageprisoners. I was held in Guantánamo Bay for two years and in Bagram for one year between 2002 and 2005.  In January 2005, I was released without charge, without explanation, without compensation and I have been living and working since in the United Kingdom.

Moazzam Begg wrote a book about his experience as a prisoner in Bagram and in Guantánamo: «Enemy Combatant The Terrifying True Story of a Briton in Guantánamo».

Mamdouh Habib

«Omar is like is my son now. I left a son in Guantánamo Bay.»

I was born in Egypt, but I’m Australian citizen. I was kidnapped in Pakistan and sent to Egypt where I was tortured for six months. Then they sent me back to Pakistan, Bagram, then to Kandahar, and finally to Guantánamo Bay for three and a half years. Then I was released, with no charge.

Mamdou Habib is the author of the book «MY STORY the tale of a terrorist who wasn't».

Ruhal Ahmed

«We used to talk about religion sometimes, but the majority of times, we used to talk about films.»

I was in Guantánamo Bay for two and half years and in Kandahar for six weeks. I was released from Guantánamo on the 9th of March 2004 without any charge.

Omar Deghayes

«One of the moving things that I remember in Camp 5 when I was locked up with Omar, was his voice and the way he sang…» 

I’m a Human Rights lawyer. I was subjected to imprisonment for more than five years in Guantánamo Bay and in Bagram and I was submitted to all kind of tortures. I was released in December 2007 without being charged of anything and without any apology.  I’m a permanent resident of the United Kingdom.

Richard Belmar

«Omar was in a real bad state. And yeah, they put him in the same cage as me

I was in Guantánamo for about two years, but all together, I spent three years in incarceration by that Bush administration. I was released in 2005 back to Britain. I’ve never been charged.

Damien Corsetti

«Ultimately the blame now lies on the Canadian people, of how I, as a cold, callous son of a bitch, had more compassion for that boy than his own people?»

I worked as an interrogator in Bagram, Afghanistan. I also worked at multiple prison facilities in Iraq. I was sent to Abu-Ghraib. I did very bad things. I became that monster that was written about me.

Michelle Shephard

«He was treated more harshly that most of the detainees there because the other soldiers believed he had killed one of their own.»

I'm the Toronto Star's national security reporter and I've been covering the story of Omar Khadr since his capture in 2002. I've written a book on his case : Guantánamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr.

Dr. Raul Berdichevsky

«It’s psychological abuse, there is absolutely no question about it.»

I’m a psychiatrist and also a member of the faculty of the University of Toronto. I’m also part of the Canadian Center for Victims of Torture. 

Dr. Stephen Xenakis

«I think that he has been treated unfairly and I think that good people and good citizens of Canada and the United States should know about him, and should speak up, and advocate for him

I’m a psychiatrist and a retired U.S. army officer, Brigadier-General. I have been asked by the defense team for Omar Khadr to assess him. I have made a number of visits to Guantánamo.

Craig Mokhiber

«There are special protections (for children) required under international law. None of those special protection have been afforded to the case of Omar Khadr.»

I am the deputy director of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York at United Nations headquarters.

Bill Graham

«I regret that we were not more aggressive in trying to get him back but if I’d known now then what I know now, I would have been far more aggressive.»

I was foreign minister of Canada from February of 2002 to June of 2004.

Gar Pardy

«These interviews were a continuation of the torture that he was being subjected to.»

I retired from the Canadian Foreign Service in August of  2003 after more than 36 years. I was Director General of the Consular Affairs. My job was to look after Canadians who were in difficulty in foreign countries.

Nathan Withling

«The bottom line is that the Canadian agents are breaking the law in these videos.»

I’m a partner at the law firm Parlee McLaws LLP and I have been representing Omar Khadr since December 2003.

Dennis Edney

«I was shocked, not as a lawyer, I was shocked as a father, seeing this young man to have been treated so badly.»

I essentially do criminal law and I’m a sole practitioner.  Along with Nathan Withling, I’ve been representing Omar Khadr.

Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler

«What is amazing about Omar Khadr is the lack of bitterness. He’s just a good hearted young man.»

I am a U.S. Navy lawyer.  I was assigned as Omar Khadr’s detailed military council from 2007 to 2009.

Maha Elsamnah

«I’ll be the happiest person ever the day I can see him.»

I’m Omar’s mother. 

Zaynab Khadr

«We have never caused anyone any harm here.»

I’m Omar’s oldest sister.