CANADA AWARDS EX-GITMO INMATE $8M PAYMENT
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.