Canada to compensate and apologise to former Guantanamo Bay inmate

Violet Powell
July 6, 2017

If Khadr is compensated $10 million, that is close to what was provided to Maher Arar, a Syrian Canadian who was brutally tortured for a year after USA officials deported him to his birth country.

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, who is 30 now, sued the Canadian government for violating an global law by not protecting its citizen. In an effort to keep the convicted terrorist from getting his hands on the money, Speer's widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him.

Khadr was arrested after a firefight at an al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan.

Khadr was accused of throwing a grenade that killed Speer, for which he later pleaded guilty.

A lawyer for Tabitha Speer, the widow of the slain soldier in Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt.

The Canadian teenager was taken to Guantánamo and ultimately charged with war crimes by a military commission.

The apology and compensation is similar to the $10.5-million that Ottawa gave Syrian-born Canadian Maher Arar after a 2006 judicial inquiry found Canadian officials had passed on information about him to USA national-security authorities, leading to his torture and imprisonment in Syria.

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A decision by the Canadian government to apologize and give millions of dollars to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a USA soldier in Afghanistan came under mounting criticism Tuesday. 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.

In 2002, US special forces captured Khadr after a firefight with al-Qaida forces in southeast Afganistan.

Kenney said Khadr should be in prison paying for his crimes, not profiting from them at the expense of Canadian taxpayers. "The interrogation of a youth detained without access to counsel, to elicit statements about serious criminal charges while knowing that the youth had been subjected to sleep deprivation and while knowing that the fruits of the interrogations would be shared with the prosecutors, offends the most basic Canadian standards about the treatment of detained youth suspects", the court observed.

He was released in May 2015 as he appeals his conviction, saying that he was coerced into making his plea.

His lawyers also argue that Khadr's father, Ahmed Said Khadr, forced Omar Khadr into war because his family briefly stayed with Osama bin Laden when he was a young boy.

October 2002: Khadr is transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

After his release, Khadr apologized to the families of the victims and said he rejected violent jihad.

A U.S. judge granted $134.2m in damages in 2015, but the plaintiffs acknowledged there was little chance they would collect any of the money from Khadr because he lives in Canada. He now resides in an apartment in Edmonton, Alberta.

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