Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gitmo former 'child soldier' sentenced to 8 years

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba [AP] — A military jury in Guantanamo says a former teenage al-Qaida fighter should serve 40 years in prison for war crimes, a symbolic decision because a plea deal caps his sentence at eight years.

Omar Khadr earlier pleaded guilty to five war crimes charges in a plea bargain.

The sentencing jury was not told about the plea deal before it deliberated nearly nine hours over two days at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

The widow of an American soldier killed by Khadr cheered as the judge imposed the eight-year sentence.

Khadr, a 24-year-old Canadian, is the last Western prisoner at Guantanamo. The U.S. says he will be sent back to his homeland after one more year in U.S. custody.

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