Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, is due an apology and millions in compensation claiming that the officials interrogated him under “oppressive circumstances.”
Canadian-born Omar Khadr was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops following a firefight at an al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of an American special forces medic.
In 2002, Khadr murdered Sgt. Christopher Speer, an American medic, by throwing a grenade at him, making Speer’s wife a widow and his two children fatherless. U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Speer was a combat medic with a Delta Force. Speer was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for risking his life to save two Afghan children who were trapped in a minefield on July 21, 2002, two weeks before his death, Michelle Malkin reported.
Khadr was sentenced to eight years plus the time he had already spent in custody. He returned to Canada two years later to serve the remainder of his sentence and was released in May 2015 pending an appeal of his guilty plea, which he said was made under duress.
Khadr, now 30, had sued for $20 million but the government and his lawyers negotiated a deal of 10.5 million Canadian dollars (US$8 million) last month, ABC reported.
Khadr was an active and willing member of the Taliban. He built and planed bombs for the Taliban. He worked as a translator for the terrorist organization. His conscious and deliberate, premeditated and violent actions, fuelled by a devotion to intolerance and hate, deserve the strongest condemnation. They should not be rewarded, the Huffington Post reported.
Retired Sgt. Morris, the blinded survivor of Khadr’s grenade attack, sees more clearly than feckless apologists for Gitmo killers and recidivists. The cheerleaders for Muslim vigilantes “ignore the facts of Omar Khadr’s life, his history and the terrible choices Omar Khadr made to get him to the spot he is in now,” Morris told The National Post last week. “The Obama administration, in its zeal to shut down Guantanamo, is willing to make any sacrifice to empty that prison. Omar Khadr is simply the fortunate beneficiary of that tactic,” CNS News reported.
Former U.S. Special Forces soldier Layne Morris and his family in Utah.
The widow of Speer and Morris filed a wrongful death and injury lawsuit against Khadr in 2014 fearing Khadr might get his hands on money from his $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit. A U.S. judge granted $134.2 million in damages in 2015.
Winder, a Salt Lake City-based attorney for Speer and Morris, said they filed an application a few weeks ago in Canada to domestic that judgement in Canada. It has yet to be heard.
“We will be proceeding with that application and trying to make sure that if he gets money it goes to the widow of Sgt. Speer and Layne Morris for the loss of an eye,” Winder told The Associated Press.