Questions about the Khadr case
RE: Omar Khadr
Any trial lawyer worth his salt, following depositions, will write a letter to the client setting forth an opinion as to the potential conclusions of a trial judge or jury based on the established facts.
One of the considerations in this case might be the application of the Supreme Court of Canada decision capping an award for general damages for catastrophic injuries at $400,000, which having regard to inflation now approximates $1 million-plus.
The clients in this case are the citizens of Canada and have right to know. Ergo, I refute any claim to solicitor/ client privilege.
I’m unaware whether the suit was commenced during the Harper regime and question why lawyers employed by the Ministry of Justice were deemed inadequate to act on behalf of the people of Canada. The $5 million in legal fees needs to be questioned. Given the Supreme Court of Canada ruling, I doubt issue of liability could seriously be in question. As to the damages, I need to be convinced Mr. Khadr should be treated differently than any other citizen of Canada who has suffered catastrophic injuries. As to punitive damages, my recollection is that, if granted, they might represent 10 to 15 per cent of general damages.
Hopefully answers to these and other questions will be forthcoming and Canada’s good name will never again be tarnished by the use of torture. Bill Dandie, Hamilton