Friday, May 08, 2015

The charges against Omar Khadr

CBC News quotes Khadr's lawyer:
But Glazier, the former military officer, adds, "the law of war does not criminalize throwing a hand grenade or shooting at soldiers; that is, in fact, what militaries around the world are called upon to do."
I've long wondered about that.


  1. It does, however, criminalize torturing helpless prisoners and enemy soldiers. And as with civilian crimes it considers such treatment of children and child soldiers to be especially heinous. Omar Khadr was 15 when he was arrested.

  2. Kirk Poore8:28 pm

    I would suggest that it is not the act, but the person conducting the act that makes it a crime. If the person is not a lawful combatant (as defined in the Geneva Conventions and international law) then civilian law can apply.