The widow of a slain US soldier is fighting to be awarded millions from her husband’s alleged killer, after the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner was reportedly paid US$8 million by the Canadian government.
The case goes back to 2002, when US Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer was killed during a firefight at a suspected Al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan.
His alleged killer, just 15 years old at the time, was Canadian-born Omar Khadr. He was suspected of throwing the grenade that killed Speer.
Khadr was captured by US troops after the firefight, and became the youngest inmate ever to grace the grounds of Guantanamo Bay.
As he was being held at the notorious prison, Canadian officials visited Khadr and interrogated him. The Canadian government later determined that Khadr’s rights were violated during the interrogations.
As a result, Khadr was reportedly paid US$8 million by the Canadian government last week. However, that sum has not been confirmed by Canada or Khadr.
The payment brings to the forefront a verdict from two years ago, in which Speer’s widow, Tabitha Speer, and former soldier Layne Morris — who was blinded in the 2002 firefight — won a wrongful death judgment of $134.1 million against Khadr in a Utah court.
Lawyers for Speer and Morris have now filed a motion in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, asking that the Utah judgment be enforced in Canada, and for Khadr’s assets to be frozen until payment for the 2015 judgment is sorted out.
Really? Was US$8m enough?