Canada Gives Millions to Omar Khadr, Gitmo Killer of US Soldier

 In Foreign, Military

Omar Khadr was just 15 years old and fighting with Al-Qaeda when he was placed in Gitmo- Guantanamo Bay. He was returned to Canadian custody and released in 2015.  This week, the Canadian government formally apologized to Khadr and gave him $8 Million (USD), $10.5 Million Canadian. He was accused of killing Sgt Christopher Speer, and spent over a decade in Gitmo for his crime.

“On behalf of the government of Canada, we wish to apologize to Mr. Khadr for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to his ordeal abroad and any resulting harm. We hope that this expression, and the negotiated settlement reached with the government, will assist him in his efforts to begin a new and hopeful chapter in his life with his fellow Canadians.” Canadian govt statement

Instead of leaving him where he belonged, Obama decided Canada should have him back (he is a Canadian citizen). So he was transferred to Canadian custody, and spent a few years in prison there. Now their government has apologized to him and given him a whopping bunch of money.

The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that his confession was obtained by Canadian officials under “oppressive circumstances.” Khadr filed a $20 Million lawsuit against Canada, claiming collusion with the United States and wrongful  imprisonment. He whined that his “reputation” held him back from “work and education.”

Khadr was charged with war crimes by a military commission for throwing a hand grenade that not only killed Sgt Speer, but blinded another US soldier, Sgt Layne Morris. A US judge had granted a $134.2 Million settlement to Speer’s widow, though receiving it was unlikely since Canada was involved. That case was wending its way through Canadian courts.

Betrayal of a US Military Widow

Sgt Christopher Speer

Tom Rogan, writing for the Washington Examiner, stated:

“Even then, that’s not the worst thing about this deal. The worst offense is the reason why the Trudeau government decided to settle Khadr’s claim now. They did it in order to prevent a lawsuit by Sgt. Speer’s widow. That lawsuit was navigating its way through the Canadian courts and might have prevented Khadr from accessing any funds. Had the Canadian government waited, Speer’s wife might have limited Khadr’s enrichment.

Instead, they decided against resisting Khadr in the courts. That might have been the moral option, but it wasn’t the political preference. So Trudeau chose to enrich a terrorist and betray the widow of a fallen American soldier.”

Khadr filed a lawsuit against Canada, claiming collusion with the United States. He whined that his reputation held him back from “work and education.”

Canadian veterans protested in Halifax on Friday. They felt that the government dropped the ball, and should have allocated more money to help their own veterans instead of paying terrorists.

 

Featured photo: Omar Khadr  when he was in prison in Canada, and as a boy at Gitmo.

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