On September 24, the U.S. Court of Military Review, set up for appeals on Guantanamo cases tried by military courts, reversed the military court decision throwing out charges against Omar Khadr. The lower court had ruled that it could not deal with the charge of his being an “enemy combatant” because it had been established to try people charged with being illegal enemy combatants. The Review court held that such a trial can go ahead.
Khadr, the son of a notorious al-Qaeda figure killed in a firefight with Pakistani troops, was captured in combat in Afghanistan at 15 years of age. He is now 20.