Canada to compensate ex-Guantanamo inmate, opposition furious

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s liberal government apologizes to former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr and pays approximately $ 10 million in compensation, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Which provoked opposition protests.

A Canadian citizen, Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 at the age of 15 after being shot by US soldiers. He pleaded guilty to killing a US Army doctor and became the youngest detainee detained at the military prison in Cuba.

Khadr then retracted and his lawyers said he was brutally abused. In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canada violated its rights by sending intelligence agents to question and share the results with the United States.

The case was split: the defenders of the so-called Khadr a child soldier when the conservative government then rejected the petitions for leniency, indicating that he had pleaded guilty to a felony.

“Meet the new millionaire Canada – Omar Khadr,” he told conservatives when a protest petition was released.

Tony Clement, Conservative Party Public Security spokesman, said: “It is one thing to acknowledge the alleged abuse, but it is a mistake to generously reward a well-known terrorist who killed an allied soldier who had a wife and two children.”

Khadr spent a decade in Guantanamo before being returned to Canada in 2012 to serve the remainder of his sentence. He was released on bail in 2015 and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Canadian government and Khadr’s lawyers agreed on the compensation operation, sources said, requesting to remain anonymous due to sensitivity. Canada has reached a set of costly regulations with citizens jailed abroad who said Ottawa was an accessory to abuse.

Khadr, 30, had sued Ottawa for $ 20 million for the violation of his human rights. The new regulation is interrupted by the newspaper Globe and Mail.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Security, Ralph Goodale, declined to comment. Khadr’s lawyers did not respond to a request for comment. The United States Embassy was closed for the holiday of July 4.

Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father, a member of Al Qaeda, who dedicates the child to a group of bomb makers. The father died in a battle against Pakistani forces in 2003.

“This is the right decision in light of Mr. Khadr’s difficult and illegal treatment with the complicity of the Canadian authorities,” said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

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