Bid to hold ex-de­tainee’s as­sets de­nied

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

TORONTO — A judge in Toronto on Thurs­day dis­missed a re­quest to freeze the as­sets of a former Guan­tanamo Bay pris­oner who was re­cently awarded a set­tle­ment by the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment.

Omar Khadr last week was re­port­edly is­sued an $8 mil­lion set­tle­ment by the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment after a court ruled his rights were vi­o­lated while he was locked up at the Amer­i­can prison for a decade.

Cana­dian-born Khadr was 15 when he was cap­tured by U.S. troops after a fire­fight at a sus­pected al-Qaida com­pound in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christo­pher Speer. Khadr was sus­pected of throw­ing the grenade that killed Speer.

Tabitha Speer, the sol­dier’s widow, and Layne Mor­ris, who was blinded in the 2002 fire­fight, won a de­fault $134.1 mil­lion wrong­ful-death judg­ment against Khadr two years ago in Utah.

Speer filed a mo­tion in the On­tario Su­pe­rior Court of Jus­tice this week, re­quest­ing that the judg­ment be en­forced in Canada and to freeze Khadr’s as­sets un­til pay­ment of the Utah judg­ment is sorted out.

The judge said the re­quest to freeze Khadr’s as­sets pend­ing a trial was “ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

AP/The Cana­dian Press/COLIN PERKEL

Lawyer David Winer leaves court Thurs­day in Toronto after fail­ing in a bid to freeze the as­sets of former Guan­tanamo Bay pris­oner Omar Khadr.

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