Cana­di­ans an­gry at Khadr deal do­nate to kin of slain U.S. sol­dier

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

TORONTO — Cana­di­ans across the coun­try have been reach­ing into their wal­lets to do­nate money to the fam­ily of an Amer­i­can sol­dier whom Omar Khadr is ac­cused of killing in Afghanistan 15 years ago. The on­line fundrais­ing ef­fort — part po­lit­i­cal protest, part gen­eros­ity — comes amid a furor over the $10.5 mil­lion sources said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment paid Khadr for breach­ing his rights while he was an Amer­i­can pris­oner at Guan­tanamo Bay. Jerome Dondo, of St. Claude, Man., who said he do­nated $10 to the cam­paign, de­cried the fed­eral pay­out while the widow and chil­dren of U.S. spe­cial forces sol­dier Sgt. Chris Speer were fight­ing in Cana­dian court for that money. “The Cana­dian gov­ern­ment should have at least waited un­til a court de­ci­sion was made be­fore send­ing the pay­ment,” said Dondo, a mar­ried ac­coun­tant with nine chil­dren. “This was my way of show­ing the Speer fam­ily sup­port for their loss.

Over the past week, more than 2,200 donors in both Canada and the United States have con­trib­uted $134,000 to Tabitha Speer and her two chil­dren Taryn and Tan­ner, now in their mid and late teens. The fam­ily, and blinded for­mer U.S. sol­dier Sgt. Layne Mor­ris, failed this week to freeze Khadr’s as­sets while they try to en­force a US$134-mil­lion wrong­ful-death award against him from a Utah court.

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