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Gitmo defendant's confession at issue

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, April 29 (UPI) -- A military judge will decide the admissibility of a Guantanamo Bay defendant's confessions at trial regarding his role in a soldier's death in Afghanistan.

Omar Khadr, of Canada, at the age of 15 allegedly threw a grenade that fatally wounded Sgt. Chris Speer in a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002, an incident that led to his capture, the Canwest News Service and the Globe and Mail reported.

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The judge started hearing arguments Wednesday regarding the confessions. The sides present wildly divergent cases. The prosecution says Khadr was happy and freely told U.S. agents about the al-Qaida leaders' roles and locations. The defense says Khadr was tortured and was forced to clean up his own excrement.

Prosecutors say a plea deal in the war crimes case must include prison terms of between 25 and 40 years, the news services said.

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