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.