Video of a 16-year-old boy sobbing and pleading with interrogators during questioning at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba has been released by lawyers in Canada.
Omar Khadr is seen taking off his shirt to show wounds suffered before his arrest, which he claims didn’t receive adequate medical attention. The interrogator tells him they look fine and accuses him of trying to avoid questions.
Khadr’s lawyers hope the tape will persuade politicians to lobby for the now 21-year-old to be repatriated home to Canada.
“We certainly hope that the impact in Canada will dispel the myth, the lie, that has been told about Omar Khadr as this dangerous terrorist. These tapes show a frightened boy,” said a member of his legal team.
Khadr is due to stand trial in October for several terrorism-related charges, including spying and allegedly throwing a hand grenade that killed a US soldier in Afghanistan in 2002.
Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in May that the Canadian government had to hand over key evidence to Khadr’s legal team who claim their client has been tortured in detention.
The American military has admitted moving him from cell to cell every three hours and holding him in solitary confinement. However officials have denied the allegations of abuse.