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Gitmo trial suspended as lawyer hospitalized

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Omar Khadr's Army defender was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center outside Washington D.C. Saturday undergoing tests after collapsing at the war court two days earlier.

The alleged teen terrorist's trial was declared in recess for at least a month while Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson was being checked by doctors on what a war court official called ``convalescent leave.''

The seven-member jury of U.S. military officers hearing the Khadr case was being sent back to their bases this weekend after being told to avoid reading any of the extensive media coverage about the case of the Toronto-born teen facing the first war crimes trial of the Obama administration.

The officers from the Army, Marines and Navy were also told to spurn all contact with reporters.

Khadr, captured at 15, was back at the prison camps. Now 23, he is accused of conspiring with al Qaeda and terror murder. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer died of shrapnel wounds from the July 27, 2002, firefight that captured Khadr and prosecutors allege the Canadian hurled the grenade that fatally wounded the U.S. Special Forces soldier.

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