Omar Khadr payment, apology is 'odious,' Conservatives say
00:19, Jul 6, 2017
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ABC reported that a us judge granted her $134.2 million in damages and her lawyer, Don Winder, filed an application so any money Khadr receives will go to her.
"Most Canadians' thoughts would be with Christopher Speer's widow and family, who are reliving their bad ordeal once again because of the actions of the Canadian government this time", said Tony Clement, another Conservative MP.
Khadr was injured and captured in a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan, accused of throwing a grenade that killed American Sgt. Christopher Speer. 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. Omar was arrested at the age of 15 during the US invasion of Afghanistan on July 27, 2002.
"It's a tragic case on all levels but we can't excuse the behaviour of Mr Khadr and to certainly nearly reward it in this way is, I think, a travesty", legislator Erin O'Toole told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "Khadr confessed to murdering Christopher Speer, a medic who rushed to his aid".
Speaking to reporters in Dublin on Tuesday, where he was meeting with Irish Taoiseach (the equivalent of a prime minister) Leo Varadkar, Trudeau didn't address the rumoured compensation amount or the reasoning behind it.
"Meet Canada's newest multi-millionaire - Omar Khadr", read a release from the opposition Conservative party.
"For 15 years, Omar Khadr's case has been a stark reminder of the many ways that an overreaching and unchecked approach to national security readily runs roughshod over universally protected human rights", Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty in Canada, said in a statement.
A Canada-born Guantanamo Bay detainee is set to get 10.5 million Canadian dollars ($8.5 million) compensation from the country's government for the abuses he suffered while in prison, reports said.
His lawyers filed a $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against the Canadian government, arguing the government violated worldwide law by not protecting its own citizen and conspired with the United States in its abuse of Khadr.
"There is a judicial process underway", Trudeau responded.
Public Safety Canada said the government was not in a position to provide additional information owing to the strictly confidential nature of the case. Mr. Morris and the widow of Mr. Speer won a $134-million judgment in a Utah court for damages in 2015.
"Meet Canada's newest multi-millionaire - Omar Khadr", said the Conservatives as they unveiled a protest petition.
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.
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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