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Video Released of Canadian's Interrogation at Guantanamo

By VOA News
15 July 2008

Lawyers for a Canadian prisoner at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have released excerpts of his videotaped interrogations, providing a first glimpse into questioning practices at the prison.

The defense attorneys made 10 minutes of the video public Tuesday after a Canadian court ordered the footage be turned over to them.

The video shows then-16-year-old Omar Khadr being questioned by Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) agents in 2003. The questioning takes place over several days.

On the video, Khadr is seen sobbing and cries "help me" repeatedly. At one point, he lifts his orange prison shirt to display wounds and says he has not received proper medical care.

Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in 2002. He is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier during a firefight in Afghanistan.

The human rights group Amnesty International responded to the video with renewed calls for Khadr's repatriation. In a statement, Amnesty accused the United States of violating international standards by refusing to recognize Khadr's status as a minor and treating him accordingly.

Khadr has alleged he was abused by U.S. interrogators and forced to make false statements. Documents released earlier this month show U.S. authorities deprived Khadr of sleep ahead of questioning, moving him every three hours to make him more likely to talk.

Last month, a U.S. military judge announced Khadr will face trial at Guantanamo Bay on war crimes charges.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.



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