Word of Omar Khadr's $10.5-million deal sparks fury

Canada 'to apologise, pay Omar Khadr'

The official was not authorized to discuss the deal publicly before the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Neve said Khadr's rights were violated or ignored in Afghanistan, at Guantanamo Bay and in Canadian prisons, and that USA interrogators, jailors and officials refused to recognize him as a child soldier.

Sgt. Christopher Speer was killed in Afghanistan in 2002.


Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to murdering American special forces medic U.S. Army Sgt. Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 before a controversial American military commission to charges that included Speer's murder, and was sentenced to a further eight years in custody.

Khadr, now on bail pending an appeal of his US conviction, has said he admitted to killing Speer and to the other purported war crimes only as a way out of the infamous prison in Cuba given that he could have been held indefinitely even if acquitted. Omar was arrested at the age of 15 during the USA invasion of Afghanistan on July 27, 2002.

"Odious. Confessed terrorist who assembled & planted the same kind of IEDs that killed 97 Canadians to be given $10-million", Mr. Kenney tweeted.

Khadr's supporters note he was 15 when captured and say he should have been treated as a child soldier. He says he believes very strongly that if Khadr was to receive any money, he should have to pass every penny along to Speer's wife and children.

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Prominent Canadians, activists and newspaper editorial boards have rallied behind Khadr for several years through public statements, visits to MPs, a parliamentary petition, and a letter writing campaign.

Canada is set to apologize and award millions of dollars of compensation to a former Guantanamo detainee who was captured in Afghanistan at the age of 15 and pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier, reports said on Tuesday.

August 10, 2005: Federal Court judge says Canadian agencies, including CSIS, violated Khadr's rights by giving information from interviews with him to USA investigators.

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.

When asked about the settlement of the compensation sought by Khadr, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "There is a judicial process underway that has been underway for a number of years now and we are anticipating I think, a number of people are, the judicial process is coming to its conclusion", according to CBC News.

Tuesday night, The Associated Press reported that Don Winder, a Salt Lake City-based attorney for Speer and Morris, said they filed an application a few weeks ago in Canada to ensure that any money paid by the Canadian government to Khadr will go to them instead.

Khadr's lawyers have long said he was pushed into war by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, whose family stayed with Osama bin Laden briefly when Omar was a boy.

However, even military families who acknowledge the possibility that Khadr's rights may have been violated while he was detained said Tuesday that they were uncomfortable with the settlement.

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