An Army judge at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has ordered the Pentagon to do more to help lawyers for Canadian detainee Omar Khadr build a defense case and delayed his trial on charges of killing a U.S. soldier during a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002 — when he was 15 years old.
Army Col. Peter Brownback ordered prosecutors on Friday to give Khadr's lawyers the names of all American personnel who had interrogated Khadr after his capture as well as access to their handwritten notes, made both in Afghanistan and at the prison camp here.
Khadr, now 21, was to have gone on trial before a military commission on May 5. His lawyers argue that he should have been treated as a child forced to fight, not as a terrorist. On Thursday, Khadr's Navy defense attorney, Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, accused a military commander of doctoring a battlefield report to cast blame on his client, noting that the first account of the battle, written by an on-scene officer identified only as ''Lt. Col. W,'' said whoever threw the grenade that killed the soldier died in the clash.
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