Michelle McCluer, NIMJ Executive Director, is currently on her way to Guantanamo Bay with the other non-governmental organization observers, members of the press, and the travelling court staff, known as the Office of Military Commissions. Omar Khadr’s military commission is scheduled to reconvene Monday morning. The trial began in August. One week into the government’s case the military judge recessed the trial because Khadr’s military lawyer fell ill.

Khadr allegedly threw a grenade during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer. Khadr was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan. If convicted, he would face a maximum life sentence.

The commission was scheduled to reconvene on October 18. However, late last week news broke about a possible plea agreement. It appears that negotiations have been ongoing all week. Reports indicate Khadr would serve eight years of confinement under the terms of the potential agreement. He would serve one more year in Guantanamo and the remainder would be served in Canada.

Khadr and the Canadian government must accept the agreement. CNN reports that Secretary of State Clinton engaged in high-level diplomacy with Canadian government officials to secure the deal. However the Globe and Mail reports that Ottawa denied such negotiations took place.

We will have to wait and see what Michelle reports from Guantanamo next week.

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