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"Khadr's Pentagon-appointed defense attorney, Marine Lt. Col. Colby Vokey, said the U.S. would become the first country in modern history to try a war crimes suspect who was a child at the time of the alleged violations. The conspiracy charge is based on acts allegedly committed when Khadr was younger than 10, Vokey said."<br><br>
"The US military defines child detainees as those under 16. International guidelines, such as those outlined by the United Nations in The Convention on the Rights of the Child define a child as under 18.<br><br>
Human rights groups have also criticized the treatment of Khadr, who says that he was tortured while in custody at the US airbase in Bagram, Afghanistan and at Guantánamo. Amnesty International, which maintains a page on Khadr's case, issued a press release Wednesday calling for a civilian trial.<br><br>
"The treatment of Omar Khadr over the past five years exemplifies the USA's disregard for international law in the 'war on terror'. Unless the US authorities bring him to trial in a civilian court, taking full account of his age at the time of any alleged offences, he should be returned to Canada."<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
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