A psychiatrist says that Omar Khadr has been “marinated in radical jihadism” and so is much more radical now than was when he entered GITMO:
A Canadian who admitted he was a teen terrorist has grown more dangerous after being “marinated in radical jihadism” at the Guantanamo detention camp, a psychiatrist told a U.S. war crimes tribunal on Tuesday.
Toronto native Omar Khadr pleaded guilty on Monday to all five terrorism charges against him, including conspiring with al Qaeda to commit terrorist acts and murdering a U.S. soldier with a grenade during an Afghanistan firefight.
Now 24, he was captured at age 15 and has been locked up with adult prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base in Cuba for more than eight years. At his sentencing hearing, the U.S. military jury heard from a forensic psychiatrist hired by prosecutors to meet with Khadr and assess his dangerousness.
The witness, Dr. Michael Welner, described Khadr as the angry and remorseless favorite son of a senior al Qaeda member, and as held in high esteem by other prisoners because he killed a U.S. soldier.
Welner said Khadr had been “steeped and marinaded in radical jihadism” among fellow captives at Guantanamo. Khadr memorized the Koran, grew more dangerous and devout and became a highly sought-after prayer leader, he said.
“He is the rock star at Gitmo,” Welner said, referring to the navy base by its nickname.
Khadr‘s guilty plea made him the first person since World War Two convicted in a war crimes tribunal for acts committed as a juvenile. His lawyers argued unsuccessfully that he was a child soldier who should be rehabilitated rather than prosecuted.
Well, when he was arrested, back in 2002, he “wanted to kill as much Americans as he could” and that he was “happy he had killed an American”. Another peaceful guy…
Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr tossed a grenade “with the specific intent of killing or injuring as many Americans as he could” at the end of a July 2002 firefight in Afghanistan, according to a stipulation of facts document Khadr signed as part of his guilty plea.
The document says that when Khadr was interviewed three months later he said, “He felt happy when he heard that he had killed an American,” a reference to Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, a member of a U.S. Army Special Forces unit, who died as the result of his wounds from a grenade.
The statement of facts Khadr signed also says he would think back on his actions and the death of the American soldier when he was aggravated by his guards in Bagram, Afghanistan, and “it would make him feel good.”
Has he really “got radicalised”? I believe he was already a Jihadist, considering his history and his family links with Bin Laden.
Of course, the UN has said that this trial is “a shame for US“, because the crimes he committed weren’t war crimes, so he should have been judged by an ordinary tribunal.
BY the way, the man he was so happy to have killed was a doctor.