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On Monday, the military judge presiding over the case said Khadr’s statements could be used as evidence at the commission trial.

'Am I an animal?'

Earlier on Monday, in a pretrial hearing, prosecutors presented a video of Khadr surrounded by seven military guards who were trying to weigh him in compliance with requirements of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The prosecutors introduced the video in an attempt to show that Khadr had not been mistreated while in US custody.

Khadr’s lawyer said the video supported his claims of abusive treatment.

According to a Reuters report, Khadr refused to step on the scale and began to cry. “The rules don’t say to capture a kid and deprive him of all his rights … am I an animal,” Khadr asked.

Khadr’s lawyer, US Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson later urged the judge to bar from the trial any statements produced by interrogators in Afghanistan or Guantánamo. “Tell the government that they cannot and will not benefit from someone being threatened with rape and torture,” he said, according to a Reuters report.

Military prosecutors have charged Khadr with murder, conspiring with Al Qaeda and providing material support to the terror group. The charges include throwing the hand grenade that killed US Army Sgt. Christopher Speer. Khadr is also charged with the attempted murder of US forces by converting land mines into improvised explosive devices and hiding them along the road. In addition, he is charged with conducting surveillance of US troop movements in Afghanistan.

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