The Kohail family claims that the court heard from only one witness for the defense, while five appeared for the prosecution, including members of the group of attackers. Exactly what happened at the trial is unclear, as family and even the lawyer were excluded from much of the trial. Mohamedís 17-year-old brother Sultan has been sentenced to 200 lashes in the same incident, and their friend Mohana Ezzat, like Mohamed, is under sentence to be beheaded.
Preacher accused of child porn
Ayed Mejid, described in the Globe and Mail as a preacher and volunteer at mosques and schools, has been charged by police with possession of child pornography on his laptop. The charge followed frequent contacts from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS), which has tried to link him to the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF). He had brought his laptop to CISIS to dispel any suspicions of the GIMF link. The Front is a distributor of Islamist propaganda, including videos of actions in Iraq and Afghanistan in which Western soldiers are killed and jihadist video games.
Mejid denies any connection to GMIF and says that the porn was planted by someone.
Terrorism in decline
Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver claim that terrorism is in decline. In reaching that conclusion, they exclude acts of violence in places with open conflict, such as Darfur, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
By their definition of terrorism, they found a 40% decrease since 2001.
Khadr 1, Canadian government 0
His lawyers wanted more, but they’ll have to settle for that right now. The Canadian government, on the other hand, got a lot more than it wantedóa declaration by the Supreme Court that the interrogations made Canada complicit in illegal U.S. actions as “the conditions under which Mr. Khadr was held and liable for prosecution were illegal under both U.S. and international law.” And to rub it in, the ruling was unanimous, nine to zero.
What the lawyers really wanted was documents from the United States to Canada describing events at the time of the attack on the ruins of the building in which Khadr and others were sheltered when someone in the building threw a grenade that killed an American soldier. American authorities claim to have lost the report, so the lawyers tried to get the Canadian copy. But wait: I have the solution.
Canada is not prepared to hand over the document because it would violate the confidential nature of diplomatic relations. However, there is nothing to prevent Canada from sending the U.S. a copy of the document that they claim to have lost. Then the lawyers can ask the military court at Guantanamo to order it.