The Candian Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Canadian agents acted illegally when they interrogated Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr and then handed over that intelligence to U.S. authorities. The court ordered the Canadian government to hand over documents pertaining to those 2003 interrogations by agents of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service since the entire process was contrary to international law. The decision was a blow to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government which has loyally supported the US war crimes prosecution of Khadr despite mounting domestic and international pressure about the illegality of the entire process.
Khadr’s lawyer, Nathan Whittlng told reporters: “Our hope at this point is that the Canadian government will read the decision and recognize what everyone else knows, that the system in Guantanamo Bay is contrary to international law, that Omar’s rights have been seriously violated.”
The Canadian court, in supporting its decision, cited US Supreme Court rulings that indefinite detention of foreign terrorism suspects nd the Pentagon’s first war crime trials were illegal. ormer Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler commented: There can be no clearer indictment of the Guantanamo Bay process and Canada’s aquiescence in it. It is clearly unfair, illegal, and ultimately politicized procvess masking itself undere th cover of the rule of law.”