Canada to pay ex-Gitmo prisoner $8M

Canada to pay ex-Gitmo prisoner $8M

Canada to pay ex-Gitmo prisoner $8M

The Canadian government is going to apologize and give millions of dollars to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a United States soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15, with Canada's Supreme Court later ruling that officials had interrogated him under "oppressive circumstances".

The Canadian government will pay former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr more than $10 million and officially apologize to him in settlement of a long-running lawsuit, a source familiar with the agreement said on July 4, 2017. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the deal publicly before the announcement.

Khadr, who is 30 now, sued the Canadian government for violating an worldwide law by not protecting its citizen. First Class Christopher Speer, has filed an application to redirect any of the money paid to Khadr to instead go to the widow and another solider injured in the battle, Sgt. Layne Morris, who lost an eye.

However, even military families who acknowledge the possibility that Khadr's rights may have been violated while he was detained said Tuesday that they were uncomfortable with the settlement.

Posters used words such as "disgraceful", some called for the Canadian citizen to be kicked out of the country, while others argued the money should go to the family of Chris Speer, the US special forces soldier Khadr is alleged to have killed in 2002.

"He wasn't "accused" of war crimes & killing USA army medic Christopher Speer - he pleaded guilty", Ms. Byrne tweeted.

Omar Khadr, held at Guantanamo Bay for ten years, smiles after being released from Canadian prison in 2015.. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in power, the government has changed its tune - but the money the federal government is giving Khadr will do nothing to stop the debate over his fate. He was released on bail in 2015, at age 28.

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Khadr's supporters note he was 15 when captured and say he should have been treated as a child soldier.

The court pointed to decisions by intelligence officials to deny Khadr counsel, instead obtaining evidence from him under "oppressive circumstances", such as sleep deprivation and sharing that evidence with USA officials.

Khadr spent 10 years in Guantanamo Bay.

Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 at the age 15 after a firefight with USA soldiers.

Mr. Edney said Mr. Khadr was coerced into fighting by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr - a top al-Qaeda operative until he was killed in a gunfight with Pakistani troops in 2003.

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

After his 2015 release from prison in Alberta, Omar apologised to the families of the victims. He had said he rejects violence and wants a fresh start to finish his education and work in health care.