CANADA AWARDS EX-GITMO INMATE $8M PAY­MENT

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

TORONTO» A for­mer Guan­tanamo Bay pris­oner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. sol­dier in Afghanistan re­ceived an apol­ogy and a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar pay­ment from the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment af­ter a court rul­ing said his rights were abused.

An of­fi­cial fa­mil­iar with the deal said it was for 10.5 mil­lion Cana­dian dol­lars ($8 mil­lion U.S.).

The gov­ern­ment and Khadr’s lawyers ne­go­ti­ated the deal last month based on a 2010 Supreme Court of Canada rul­ing that Cana­dian of­fi­cials vi­o­lated his rights at Guan­tanamo. The gov­ern­ment re­leased a state­ment apol­o­giz­ing to Khadr.

The Cana­dian-born Khadr was 15 when he was cap­tured by U.S. troops fol­low­ing a fire­fight in Afghanistan that re­sulted in the death of U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Christo­pher Speer.

The wi­dow of Speer and an­other Amer­i­can sol­dier filed a wrong­ful death and in­jury law­suit against Khadr in 2014 fear­ing Khadr might get his hands on money from his wrong­ful im­pris­on­ment suit. A U.S. judge granted them $134.2 mil­lion in dam­ages in 2015.

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