U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Khadr's case
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of Omar Khadr, the only Canadian imprisoned at the U.S. detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Both prisoners were challenging the legality of the military commissions that are scheduled to hear their cases.
Khadr, a 20-year-old whose family lives in the Toronto area,is scheduled to have his caseheard by a military commissionwithin four months.
Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. medic in Afghanistan in 2002. He also faces charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, spying and providing material support for terrorism.
He has been in U.S. custody since he was seized in Afghanistan at the age of 15.
Other members of his immediate family have also beenaccused of having ties to terrorist activities.
He was at the heart of a 2006 case in which the Supreme Court declared U.S. President George W. Bush's system of military commissions illegal and in violation of American and international law.
As a result of that ruling, the Bush administration made changes to its military commissions, which now have congressional approval.
But lawyers for Khadr and Hamdan argue that the new system is almost identical to the old one, with coerced testimony still allowed.
The lawyers had hoped to challenge the new system before the Supreme Court.
With files from the Associated Press