A video of a 16-year-old detainee being questioned at the US’s Guantanamo Bay prison camp is made public for the first time.


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*(versión en español al final)

The video was filmed secretly through an air duct.

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It shows 16-year-old Omar Khadr being asked by Canadian officials in 2003 about events leading up to his capture by US forces, Canadian media have said.

The Canadian citizen is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier in Afghanistan in 2002.

He is seen in a distressed state and complaining that he has been tortured.

The footage was made public by Mr Khadr’s lawyers following a Supreme Court ruling in May that the Canadian authorities had to hand over key evidence against him to allow a full defence of the charges he is facing.

‘Help me’

During the 10-minute video – filmed secretly through a ventilation shaft – Mr Khadr can be seen crying, his face buried in his hands, and pulling at his hair. He can be heard repeatedly chanting: “Help me.”

At one point he tells the foreign ministry official and agents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) that he was tortured while being held at the US military detention centre at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

He raises his orange shirt to show wounds and tells them: “You don’t care about me.”

Later, one of the officials tells Mr Khadr: “You know I’m not a doctor, but I think you’re getting good medical care.”

Mr Khadr was 15 when he was captured by US forces during a gun battle at a suspected al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan.

One of Mr Khadr’s lawyers, Dennis Edney, said they hoped the video would cause an outcry in Canada and pressure Prime Minister Stephen Harper to demand the US not prosecute their client.

“I hope Canadians will be outraged to see the callous and disgraceful treatment of a Canadian youth,” Mr Edney told the Toronto Star.

“Canadians should demand to know why they’ve been lied to.”

Mr Harper reiterated last week that he would not interfere in Mr Khadr’s military tribunal, due to begin at Guantanamo on 8 October.

Mr Khadr, now 21, faces multiple terrorism-related charges, the most serious of which is murder. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

BBC

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Publican primer video de Guantánamo
Redacción, BBC Mundo

Un video de un interrogatorio de un ciudadano canadiense en el centro de detención estadounidense de Guantánamo, Cuba, se ha publicado en internet.

Se cree que el video de Omar Khadr -hecho público por sus abogados- es el primero de una sesión de interrogatorio en Guantánamo que se da a conocer al público.

Según medios de prensa de Canadá, fue filmado mientras que funcionarios de ese país interrogaban a Khadr en 2003, cuando él tenía 15 o 16 años de edad, sobre los hechos que condujeron a su captura por las fuerzas estadounidenses.

Khadr es acusado de haber lanzado una granada que mató a un soldado de Estados Unidos durante una batalla en Afganistán en 2002.

En el video se le ve angustiado y se queja de que lo han torturado.

La grabación, de diez minutos de duración, fue hecha pública después de que el Tribunal Supremo de Canadá le ordenará al gobierno entregar cualquier evidencia clave que tuviera en su contra, para permitirle una defensa adecuada.

Los videos que poseen los abogados de Khadr tienen una duración total de más de siete horas.

El corresponsal de la BBC Mike Wooldridge -uno de los primeros periodistas que visitó el centro de detención de Guantánamo- dijo que se espera que los abogados publiquen una versión más completa del video en las próximas horas

Ver video y nota completa en BBC
(Titulaje en español)