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Omar Khadr’s Military Lawyer Collapses at Hearing

Posted Aug 12, 2010 4:37 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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The military lawyer for Omar Khadr, who is being tried in Guantanamo Bay, collapsed at the end of a hearing Thursday.

Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, who began coughing and asked the judge for a brief recess, collapsed when he reached for a bottle of water, the Toronto Star reports.

Jackson reportedly regained consciousness, but was taken by ambulance to the base hospital.

The Star reports the scene as a dramatic end to the first day of Khadr's long-awaited trial. Opening statements portrayed two Khadrs. Either he is "a trained al-Qaida terrorist who murdered a U.S. soldier, or a kid sent to Afghanistan by a father who 'hated his enemies more than he loved his son.' "

Khadr, who was captured in Afghanistan when he was 15, is accused of throwing a grenade during a firefight that killed an American soldier, Sgt. Christopher Speer.

More ABAJournal.com posts on Khadr:

Captured at 15 and Held By US at Gitmo, Khadr Says He Nixed 5-Year Plea Deal

‘Boy Soldier’ Faces Gitmo Tribunal, Could Be First Under Obama Administration

Tapes Show Sobbing Youth Being Questioned at Guantanamo

Canada Must Give Interrogation Info to Omar Khadr

Canada’s Top Court Considers Controversial Khadr Case

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