‘Torture’ Confessions Allowed

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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