Canada to pay ex-Gitmo prisoner $8M

06 July, 2017, 00:16 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Canada to pay ex-Gitmo prisoner $8M

He received $10 million in compensation but he was totally innocent, said Motz.

Reports indicate Khadr - a Canadian who spent time in Guantanamo Bay for killing US Army Sergeant Christopher Speer during a firefight when he was 15 - will receive $10.5-million from the Canadian government and an apology. Among other things, he confessed to throwing the grenade that killed Sgt. Christopher Speer, a special-forces soldier in the US army. Khadr was accused of throwing the grenade that killed Speer. In 2010, he was sentenced to eight years plus time already served following a USA military hearing in which he agreed to plead guilty to murdering a United States soldier. He later said he confessed to get out of Guantanamo Bay. He was sentenced to eight years of confinement and, under the terms of the agreement, could serve his remaining time in Canada. He was released on bail in Edmonton in May 2015 pending an appeal of his military commission conviction in the U.S. The appeal remains stalled.

After his 2015 release from prison in Alberta, Omar Khadr apologized to the families of the victims.

Speer's widow and an American soldier blinded by the grenade filed a lawsuit for wrongful death and injury in an American court and were awarded a $134.2 million in 2014. Canadian experts say it's highly unlikely the judgment could be enforced. First Class Christopher Speer. A badly wounded Khadr is taken prisoner.

When the news broke yesterday that Omar Khadr would be getting an apology from Ottawa and $10.5 million from the rest of us, the reaction was as swift as it was expected.

Khadr, who is 30 now, sued the Canadian government for violating an worldwide law by not protecting its citizen. Khadr's Egyptian-born father was killed in 2003 when a Pakistani military helicopter shelled the house where he was staying with senior al Qaeda operatives.


March 17, 2008: Khadr alleges he was threatened with rape and violence by interrogators seeking a confession.

A USA judge awarded the pair $134.2 million in damages in 2015 but the plaintiffs have acknowledged that they don't expect to receive any of the money because Khadr lives in Canada.

A decade ago, they each filed $100-million lawsuits against Ottawa but halted their legal proceedings to allow former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to conduct an internal inquiry. 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.

Khadr's lawyers have consistently argued thoughout the ordeal that Khadr's guilty pleas was obtained under duress.

April 2012: USA defence secretary signs off on Khadr's transfer. Later, he said that Canada had conspired with the U.S.in abusing him. He is sent to Millhaven Institution near Kingston, Ont.

The government lost all three cases and, ironically, it was the 2010 Supreme Court decision that may have helped seal the multimillion-dollar deal in this civil case.

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