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Students rally in support of Omar Khadr in Edmonton
Canwest News Service
Saturday, November 08, 2008
EDMONTON - Omar Khadr's lawyer says teenagers understand best the plight of his young client, who has been held for six years in
"I would be speaking to students,"
As many as 200 people, mostly students from local universities and colleges, took part in the rally, which was followed by an event to launch Michelle Shephard's book on Khadr,
The Canadian-born Khadr was 15 when he was arrested in an
Edney has always framed the battle to get him out of the
Khadr's trial on five counts under the 2006 Military Commissions Act is set to begin in January, six days after Barack Obama takes office as president.
Obama has indicated he wants to shut down the war prisoner detention camps at
Khadr's defence lawyers, meanwhile, have long called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to request Khadr be extradited and tried in
"Even as late as today, we have been speaking to officials in the Bush administration, and the clear message is, 'If you want Omar out, get your prime minister to call'," Edney said.
Geoff Brouwer, 20, was one of the rally's key organizers. A student at King's
"It really impacted me that this is a Canadian citizen, a child captured," Brouwer said. "There's so many human rights violations in the world . . . but this is an issue that hits close to home. He's the same age as many of us."
Ozair Vicaruddin, a 21-year-old
"It's kind of scary thinking that a 15-year-old can get caught up (for) so many years," he said.
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