Posted on Wed, Aug. 12, 2009
The Associated Press
A retired general and four other members of the military have been convicted and sentenced to long prison terms in the 1976 killing of a communist activist.
Retired Gen. Santiago Riveros was sentenced to life in prison for aggravated homicide by a three-judge federal court in
Four other retired servicemen received prison sentences of 14 to 25 years in the killing of Floreal Avellaneda.
Avellaneda and his mother, Iris Pereyra, were abducted in 1976 by a military squad.
Pereyra was later released.
A crackdown on dissent during
© 2009 Miami Herald Media Company. All Rights Reserved.
Published on Friday, August 14, 2009 by McClatchy Newspapers
Khadr Must be Repatriated, Appeal Court Agrees
Omar Khadr at a hearing at the U.S. Military Commissions court for war crimes, at the US Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in a court sketch.(Photograph by: Janet Hamlin, AFP/Getty Images)
The Federal Court of Appeal's 2-1 ruling, issued in
His next hearing is Sept. 16 in the case that accuses the now 22-year-old Khadr of throwing a grenade that fatally wounded a
Harper has repeatedly said
"While Canada may have preferred to stand by and let the proceedings against Mr. Khadr in the United States run their course, the violation of his Charter rights by Canadian officials has removed that option,'' the majority wrote in the 53-page ruling and dissent.
Khadr could face life imprisonment if convicted under the war crimes tribunal system now being revised by the Obama administration.
His military lawyers have campaigned for his release, arguing he should have been treated as a vulnerable "child soldier'' when was captured near death after two bullets tore through his back. The Pentagon argues he was responsible for his actions.
The Canadian court ruled Friday that the Canadian officials were aware as far back as 2004 that Khadr was subjected to the military's "frequent flier'' sleep deprivation program to soften him up, and still interviewed the teen at the remote U.S. Navy base, then shared their findings with U.S. officials.
Testimony about the sleep deprivation program at Guantánamo's commissions showed
"It is true that the
"The Government of
He noted that
Canadian diplomats would continue to monitor the case, he said, as well as continue to hold "welfare visits'' with Khadr at Guantánamo.
Khadr's U.S. military lawyers have tried to avert a trial, arguing that he would become the first Westerner tried as a "child soldier'' in modern history -- a tactic that has garnered spotty sympathy for a member of what is known as
His father, an alleged al Qaeda militant and fundraiser, raised the child between
Omar Khadr's older brother, Abdullah Khadr, is being held in Canada on a U.S. extradition warrant, accused of supplying weapons to al Qaeda. Another brother has acknowledged the family stayed with Osama bin Laden, and claimed he served as double agent for the CIA during a short stint at Guantánamo.
The younger Khadr allegedly threw a grenade in a July 2002 special forces assault on a suspect al Qaeda compound near Khost, Afghanistan, that fatally wounded Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, 28, of Albuquerque, N.M.
Speer died of his wounds at a
If Khadr is returned, the Canadian justices wrote in their majority opinion, "it will be for the attorney general to decide, in the exercise of his or her discretion, whether to institute criminal proceedings in Canada against Mr. Khadr.''
The dissenting justice, Marc Nadon, wrote that a lower court judge had overreacted by seeking Khadr's return because Canadian agents took part in the teen's Guantánamo interrogations.
"I cannot see the link between the inappropriateness of the interviews and the remedy of repatriation,'' he wrote, calling it "a remedy which is, in my view, totally disproportionate in the circumstances.''
© 2009 McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Donations can be sent to the
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs