Canadian Guantanamo detainee wins court battle
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A Canadian detainee at Guantanamo Bay has won the right to use interrogation transcripts to help him prepare for his trial before a military commission.
Omar Khadr is accused of murdering an American soldier in Afghanistan in 2002.
In a unanimous ruling, the Canadian High Court said Khadr has a constitutional right to transcripts of interviews that Canadian foreign affairs and security agents conducted with him during his detention at Guantanamo Bay.
But the court rejected demands for additional documents that Canadian authorities may have dealing with other parts of the case.
The court ruled that information can be withheld because of national security.
Defence lawyers say the ruling falls far short of what they had hoped for, but they say it confirms that Guantanamo Bay is contrary to US domestic laws and violates obligations to protect fundamental human rights.
Khadr was 15 at the time of his capture in Afghanistan.