Omar Khadr sentenced to eight years

Omar Khadr sentenced to eight years

November 01, 2010

Sunday the 21st of November Movies that Matter screens at IDFA, besides the documentary Prosecutor, the documentary You Don't Like the Truth. This film tells about the sixteen-year-old Afghan Canadian Omar Khadr, who was interrogated in the Guantánamo Bay prison by members of the Canadian intelligence service. Video recordings made by security cameras of those four days of interrogation provide the input for this documentary.


He has been held at the American naval base since October 2002, accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. He was 15 at the time. Khadr has pleaded guilty to all five charges against him, including murder and supporting terrorism, as part of a plea deal with prosecutors at the U.S. military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Khadr was sentenced to 40 years in prison, but the decision by a U.S. military panel was largely symbolic. A pretrial plea deal capped Khadr's sentence at eight years, with the first year to be served at Guantanamo.

For more information about the programme of Movies that Matter at IDFA, click here.