Jihadist Omar Khadr was born in Canada, but when he was 15 years old he was captured by U.S. troops after allegedly throwing a grenade at them. It happened at an al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan, resulting in the death of American special forces medic, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer. Khadr pleaded guilty and was taken to Guantanamo Bay, where he was charged with war crimes by a military commission. But now he is being rewarded with millions of dollars by a U.S. ally.
The Canadian government plans to apologize to the terrorist and will reportedly give him $10.5 million to settle a $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against the Canadian government. Khadr claimed that the government “violated international law by not protecting its own citizen” and conspired with the U.S. in its abuse of him at the Guantanamo prison.
Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that the teen had been interrogated under “oppressive circumstances,” including sleep deprivation, during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in 2003.
Canada’s Global News cited an official who “was not authorized to discuss the deal publicly before the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity” that the government and Khadr’s lawyers negotiated the deal last month.
In 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to charges that included murder and was sentenced to eight years plus the time he had already spent in custody.
The widow of Speer and another American soldier blinded by the grenade in Afghanistan filed a wrongful death and injury lawsuit against Khadr in 2014 fearing Khadr might get his hands on money from his $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit. A U.S. 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.
Khadr’s father, Egyptian-born Ahmed Said Khadr, was affiliated with Osama bin Laden when Omar Khadr was a boy. The man was killed in 2003 when a Pakistani military helicopter shelled the house where he was staying with senior al-Qaida operatives.
Omar Khadr apologized to the families of the victims following his 2015 release from prison in Alberta, stating that he “rejects violent jihad and wants a fresh start to finish his education and work in health care.” He now lives in an apartment in Edmonton, Alberta.
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