Canada is saying that they are very, very sorry to Omar Khadr. They’re so sorry in fact, they’re giving him more than $10 million.
See, Khadr – who was picked up by American forces in Afghanistan, suspected of being a terrorist and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay – was interrogated under “oppressive circumstances” by Canadian intelligence officials.
Khadr – who is Canadian born – was only 15 years old when he was captured in a firefight at an al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan. The firefight resulted in the death of special forces medic U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Speer. Khadr was suspected of throwing the grenade that killed Speer. He was taken to Gitmo and charged with war crimes by the military commission.
In 2010, he pleaded guilty to charges – including murder – and was sentenced to eight years, plus time served.
Two years later, he returned to his native Canada to serve the remainder of his term and was released in May 2015. The total time he spent in Gitmo was ten years.
The Associated Press reports that in 2010, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled “intelligence officials obtained evidence from Khadr under ‘oppressive circumstances,’ such as sleep deprivation, during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in 2003, and then shared that evidence with U.S officials.”
His lawyers filed a $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against the Canadian government, arguing the government violated international law by not protecting its own citizen and conspired with the U.S. in its abuse of Khadr. A spokesman for the justice minister and the prime minister’s office didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Speer’s widow and another soldier blinded by the grenade filed a wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. court against Khadr in 2014, feeling there’s no way the murderer should get his hands on any of the money. A U.S. judge granted $134.2 million in damages in 2015, but the plaintiffs acknowledged then that there was little chance they would collect any of the money from Khadr because he lives in Canada.
Khadr’s lawyers have long said he was pushed into war by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, whose family stayed with Osama bin Laden briefly when Omar Khadr was a boy. Khadr’s Egyptian-born father was killed in 2003 when a Pakistani military helicopter shelled the house where he was staying with senior al-Qaida operatives.
After his 2015 release from prison in Alberta, Omar Khadr apologized to the families of the victims. He said he rejects violent jihad and wants a fresh start to finish his education and work in health care. He currently resides in an apartment in Edmonton, Alberta.
It is absolutely unforgivable that our supposed “friends” to the north would give any money to this killer while the widow of the soldier he killed gets nothing.
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