Omar Khadr is innocent, says his lawyer

Defence: Canadian’s confessions were brought on by torture and threat of murder and rape

In a military commission trial in Guantanamo Bay, Omar Khadr’s defence lawyer is arguing that the Canadian is innocent and that there is no forensic evidence to prove he killed a U.S. soldier during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002. The Toronto-born Khadr faces accusations of throwing a deadly grenade, and is being tried on five charges, including murder in
violation of the laws of war. But his lawyer, Lt.-Col. Jon Jackson, argued that Khadr did not throw the grenade and was at the scene of the firefight because his father asked him to be there. Furthermore, Jackson said Khadr’s confessions to the crime were the result of torture and threats of rape and murder during his interrogation.


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