(WASHINGTON FREE BEACON) — A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who admitted to killing an American solider is set to receive an official apology and about $8 million in compensation from the Canadian government for his time at the military prison, according to press reports.
The settlement is the result of Canadian citizen Omar Khadr’s suit for $20 million Canadian dollars (about U.S. $15 million) on the grounds that the Canadian government violated international law and his human rights by not protecting him and conspiring with the U.S. while he was detained at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.
The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail newspapers first reported the settlement deal on Monday.
While born in Canada, Khadr, 30, was brought to Afghanistan and Pakistan by his Egyptian-born father, Ahmed Khadr, who was accused of being an al Qaeda money man with ties to Osama bin Laden. Omar Khadr met al Qaeda figures, including bin Laden, and underwent terrorism training. The father was killed by Pakistani troops in 2003.
Omar Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 at the age of 15 after a firefight with U.S. soldiers. He was detained and sent to Guantanamo Bay, where he spent 10 years.
In 2010, Khadr admitted to throwing a grenade that killed a member of a U.S. Army Special Forces unit, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, during the 2002 firefight. U.S. Sgt. Layne Morris was wounded in the blast and is blind in one eye.
Khadr pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, providing material support for terrorism, spying, and conspiracy as part of a plea deal, his attorneys said. He received an eight-year sentence with no credit for time served under the condition that he would serve most of the sentence in Canada.
Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that the country’s intelligence officers breached Khadr’s rights by obtaining evidence from him under “oppressive circumstances” such as sleep deprivation and solitary confinement.
In 2012, Khadr was transferred from Guantanamo to Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence.
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