Al Jazeera, via Information Clearinghouse
The confessions of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen charged with terrorism, can be used as evidence in his trial, even though they may have been obtained through torture, a US military judge has ruled.
Lawyers for Khadr claimed statements to military interrogators were illegally obtained through torture and asked a US war crimes court to throw them out.
That request was denied on Monday by a military judge at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
US forces captured Khadr in Afghanistan in July 2002, when he was just 15 years old.
… Navy Captain David Iglesias, a lawyer and spokesman for the military commission’s prosecutors at Guantanamo Bay, told Al Jazeera that the tribunals have improved and that Khadr can get a fair trial… “I believe based on my experience it is a fair system.”
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