Omar Khadr's allegations of cross-border plot against him need work: Judge

A courtroom sketch shows defendant Omar Khadr, a native of Toronto, Canada, listening to testimony...

A courtroom sketch shows defendant Omar Khadr, a native of Toronto, Canada, listening to testimony during his sentencing hearing at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, in this sketch from October 26, 2010. (REUTERS/Janet Hamlin/Pool)

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:48 PM ET

TORONTO — Lawyers for convicted terrorist and former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr need to tighten up their argument that he was a victim of a conspiracy between Canadian and U.S. officials shortly after his capture in 2002, a Federal Court judge says.

Judge Richard Mosley said Khadr’s lawyer, John Kingman Phillips, must “sharpen (his) pencil” when it comes to allegations of a conspiracy to prosecute Khadr and claims that his rights — such as access to a lawyer, the right to remain silent, and the “rights of a child” — were violated.

Wednesday’s court proceedings are part of a $20-million lawsuit Khadr has launched against the Canadian government for what he claims was unlawful treatment.

His lawyers are attempting to expand on that original claim with the conspiracy allegations.


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