Meet Omar Khadr, Canada’s newest millionaire

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Meet Omar Khadr, Canada's newest millionaire

While busy enact­ing hate speech laws over using the wrong pro­noun, Trudeau’s Lib­er­als are ready to apol­o­gize to for­mer Guan­tanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr and com­pen­sate him to the tune of C$10 mil­lion (US$7.7 mil­lion) for being sen­tenced to Guan­tanamo after killing U.S. Army medic Sgt. Christo­pher Speer and blind­ing another soldier.

Khadar will get his apol­ogy and loot after the country’s Supreme Court judged in 2010 that

Canada breached his rights by send­ing intel­li­gence agents to inter­ro­gate him and shar­ing the results with the United States.

Which is how he ended up in Gitmo, after which he sued the gov­ern­ment for C$20 mil­lion on grounds of vio­lat­ing his human rights.

The fif­teen year old Khadr was work­ing as a bomb-​maker appren­tice for al Qaeda when he killed the U.S. ser­vice­men with a grenade. The Lib­er­als say he was a child sol­dier (sim­i­lar to Mex­i­can drug car­tels using under­age MS-​13 mem­bers as hit men so they get eas­ier sen­tences if caught) who deserves an apology.

He is now thirty years old, and liv­ing in Canada, where he was born.

The Daily Caller reports that

Speer’s widow, along with another sol­dier who was blinded by the grenade attack, filed a wrong­ful death and injury law­suit against Khadr in 2014 because they sus­pected Khadr might receive finan­cial com­pen­sa­tion if he was suc­cess­ful in appeal­ing his sentencing.

A U.S. judge awarded the pair $134.2 mil­lion in dam­ages in 2015 but the plain­tiffs have acknowl­edged that they don’t expect to receive any of the money because Khadr lives in Canada.

Trudeau’s nei­ther deny­ing nor con­firm­ing the settlement.

I won­der if we’ll be hear­ing more news in years to come about like those involv­ing Khadr’s fel­low Gitmo alumni in Uruguay, with sto­ries of domes­tic vio­lence and unau­tho­rized travel to other coun­tries — or sto­ries involv­ing oth­ers.

Unlike the Syr­i­ans in Uruguay, who have time on their hands because they refuse to work, Khadr will have his apol­ogy, and US$7million.

What could pos­si­bly go wrong?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog.

While busy enacting hate speech laws over using the wrong pronoun, Trudeau’s Liberals are ready to apologize to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr and compensate him to the tune of C$10 million (US$7.7 million) for being sentenced to Guantanamo after killing U.S. Army medic Sgt. Christopher Speer and blinding another soldier.

Khadar will get his apology and loot after the country’s Supreme Court judged in 2010 that

Canada breached his rights by sending intelligence agents to interrogate him and sharing the results with the United States.

Which is how he ended up in Gitmo, after which he sued the government for C$20 million on grounds of violating his human rights.

The fifteen year old Khadr was working as a bomb-maker apprentice for al Qaeda when he killed the U.S. servicemen with a grenade. The Liberals say he was a child soldier (similar to Mexican drug cartels using underage MS-13 members as hit men so they get easier sentences if caught) who deserves an apology.

He is now thirty years old, and living in Canada, where he was born.

The Daily Caller reports that

Speer’s widow, along with another soldier who was blinded by the grenade attack, filed a wrongful death and injury lawsuit against Khadr in 2014 because they suspected Khadr might receive financial compensation if he was successful in appealing his sentencing.

A U.S. judge awarded the pair $134.2 million in damages in 2015 but the plaintiffs have acknowledged that they don’t expect to receive any of the money because Khadr lives in Canada.

Trudeau’s neither denying nor confirming the settlement.

I wonder if we’ll be hearing more news in years to come about like those involving Khadr’s fellow Gitmo alumni in Uruguay, with stories  of domestic violence and unauthorized travel to other countries – or  stories involving others.

Unlike the Syrians in Uruguay, who have time on their hands because they refuse to work, Khadr will have his apology, and US$7million.

What could possibly go wrong?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.