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The human rights credentials of the Obama presidency are under scrutiny today with the trial in Guantanamo of a Canadian-born detainee.

Omar Khadr is the first person to appear before a modern military tribunal charged with war crimes allegedly committed as a juvenile.

His alleged confessions will be allowed as evidence after claims of torture were dismissed by the judge.

“I guess what he says is that it is OK for a young, 15-year-old boy who was picked up off the battlefield in an environment that was hostile, it is OK to threaten him with rape and sexual abuse.” said his lawyer, Dennis Edney.

The 23-year-old Canadian was arrested in Afghanistan in 2002 and has spent a third of his life in Guantanamo.

He has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including murder.

This will be the first contested trial at Guantanamo under the administration of President Barack Obama, who criticised and revamped the tribunals but then missed his January deadline for closing the camp.

The camp still holds 170 men, of whom Omar Khadr is the youngest.