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AFP
Aug 16, 2010

The first Guantanamo trials under President Barack Obama have drawn sharp criticism after disputed evidence was allowed in one and a secret plea-deal was reached in another.

“The government met its burden. The defense motion for suppression is denied,” military judge Patrick Parrish ruled Monday allowing confessions made under duress by Canadian Omar Khadr, captured in Afghanistan when he was 15.

Charged with throwing a grenade that killed a US sergeant during a 2002 attack in Afghanistan, Khadr was interrogated by a military official who told Parrish he had threatened the teenager with rape and murder to make him talk.

Parrish’s “decision does nothing to help the credibly of the (military) commissions,” Loyola University Los Angeles law professor David Glazier told AFP.

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