Former Gitmo prisoner to receive $10M from Canada


The Canadian government is reportedly going to apologise and give compensation to Omar Khadr, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.

The timing of their application - before news of the settlement had been made public - raises questions about how they were tipped off to the deal.

Khadr sought $20 million from the Canadian government in a civil suit, and the Toronto Star reports that last month his attorneys met with representatives from Canada's Department of Justice to finalize the settlement details. The Globe and Mail says Speer and another former U.S. solider blinded by a hand grenade plan to file an emergency injunction to stop Ottawa from paying the millions.

Miller says the deal is a slap to the face of the family of Sergeant Speer as well as the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and Allied Forces that fight every day against the same terror groups that Khadr was a part of. Khadr, who is now 30, pleaded guilty to five war crimes alleged to have occurred in 2002 in Afghanistan, when he was just 15 years old.

"Regardless of Khadr's confession at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the evidence tendered at the military commission from other witnesses established that Khadr was the only live person found at the compound capable of launching the grenade which killed SFC Speer and injured SFC Morris", the document states. "There is a judicial process underway that has been underway for a number of years now, and we are anticipating, like I think a number of people are, that that judicial process is coming to its conclusion", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Ireland.

Canada's Conservative Party released a statement in protest of the apology and payment, saying, "Meet Canada's newest multi-millionaire - Omar Khadr".

That Canada will pay Omar Khadr more than $10 million and apologize for his years in Guantanamo Bay prison is nothing short of freaky, says the local MP. A mention of the Khadr name brings strong emotions from both sides - his supporters, who say he is not to blame, and those who believe that he is, in effect, getting away with murder.

In 2015, Khadr was released on bail and now lives in Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada.

Khadr's lawyers have long said he was pushed into war by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, whose family briefly stayed with terrorist leader Osama bin Laden when Omar Khadr was a boy.

Canadian officials visited Khadr three times while he was in Guantanamo.

US troops captured Khadr when he was 15 after they suspected that he threw a grenade at Speer during a firefight at a compound suspected to be under al-Qaeda's control. He had said he rejects violence and wants a fresh start to finish his education and work in health care. A US 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.