Canada to apologize and give $10,500,000 to Muslim who murdered U.S. soldier

Canada to apologize and give $10,500,000 to Muslim who murdered U.S. soldier, by Colin Perkel.

The Canadian government will pay former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr more than $10 million and apologize to him in settlement of a long-running lawsuit, sources familiar with the agreement said Tuesday.

The Toronto-born Khadr, 30, who pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a much maligned military commission in 2010 related to alleged offences that occurred in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15 years old, was suing the federal government for $20 million for breaching his rights. …

Khadr’s $20-million lawsuit argues Ottawa violated international law by not protecting its own citizen, and that Canada conspired with the U.S. in abusing him. …

A badly wounded Khadr was captured by U.S. troops following a firefight at a suspected al-Qaida compound that resulted in the death of an American special forces soldier, U.S. army Sgt. Christopher Speer. Khadr was accused of throwing the grenade that killed Speer.

Although the evidence was flimsy, Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included Speer’s murder and was sentenced to a further eight years in custody. He later said he confessed to get out of Guantanamo. …

Speer’s widow and retired American sergeant Layne Morris, who was blinded by a grenade at the Afghan compound where Khadr was captured, won a default US$134.2 million in damages against Khadr in 2015, but Canadian experts called it highly unlikely the judgment could be enforced.