We've written about the implications of trying a child before these commissions, and the NY Times has a similar story today. It downplays additional news of the week: that with trial nearing, Khadr's fired his attorneys. One, American U. Law Professor Muneer Ahmad, told Toronto's Globe and Mail:
'It seems that Omar doesn't want American lawyers. American lawyers haven't been able to do anything for him, and I think it's important that he have the counsel of his choice.'
Although Khadr has a qualified right to represent himself under commissions rules, he has no right to what he now wants -- Canadian attorneys. The Toronto paper wrote:
That sets the stage for a procedural brouhaha that could transform the session into a circus -- not the smooth opening day that the Bush administration may have hoped would defuse international condemnation of the process.