Trial Looms for Canadian Held at Guantanamo

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Lawyers for the defendant in what would be the first war crimes trial under President Barack Obama are hoping for a plea deal at a closed meeting Monday.

Canadian Omar Khadr has been held at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since he was 15.

Khadr's attorneys say a military judge plans to hold a closed session just hours before a war crimes tribunal at the U.S. base begins hearing the case.

Settlement talks are confidential.

Khadr, now 24, is accused of throwing a grenade that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer during a battle in Afghanistan in 2002.

A conviction could result in a life sentence.

Attorney Nathan Whitling said a plea deal, if one is reached, may not be announced until the scheduled start of the trial.

He says he's "hopeful."

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