Friday, 7 July 2017

Ex-Guantanamo Bay Inmate Receives

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Ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate receives multimillion payment from Canada


Former Guantanamo detainee guilty of murdering a US soldier in Afghanistan has paid millions of dollars to the Canadian government after announcing his rights were abused by a court ruling, a Canadian official said on Thursday.

The official confirmed that Omar Khadr had received the money.

Other officials familiar with the transaction said they received $ 10.5 million in Canadian dollars. They insisted to speak anonymously because they were not authorized to openly negotiate.

The government and lawyers in Kardar negotiated this month last month, following a ruling by the Supreme Court in 2010 that the Canadian officials had violated their rights in Guantanamo last month.

The deal is expected to be released on Friday.

A spokesman for the Public Security Minister refused to confirm settlement payments.

Khadr heard news of a multimillion - dollar leak for the first time earlier this week and spurred many Canadians to think he was a terrorist.

Khadr, born in Canada, suspects that a gunfight with Al Qaeda compound in Afghanistan occurred at the age of 15 and threw a grenade that killed US Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Spear, Speer. Khadr was transferred to Guantanamo and ultimately charged with war crimes by the military commission.

He pleaded guilty in 2010, including murder, and was sentenced to eight years in prison, plus the time he had already been in custody. He returned to Canada two years later, was sentenced to remnant, and released until conviction in May 2015.

Khadr spent ten years in Guantanamo. His case received international attention after aliasing him to be a child soldier. He was the youngest and last surviving detainee in a US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

According to a Canadian Supreme Court ruling, Canadian intelligence authorities shared evidence with US officials after obtaining evidence from Carden under the "oppressive situation" of the 2003 Guantánamo prison process, such as a lack of sleep.

Khadr 's lawyers have fined $ 2 billion in Canadian dollars against the Canadian government, arguing that they violated international law in an American conspiracy to abuse the Canadian citizen Khadr.

Blinded by grenades in Afghanistan, Speer's widow and another US soldier filed an unfair death and injury lawsuit against Khadr in 2014, fearing that Khadr would get money for his unjust imprisonment. The US judge has awarded $ 134.2 million in damages in 2015.

Speer's family and lawyer for injured soldiers, Sgt. Layne Morris submitted an application to the Canadian court last month in the hope that the money the Canadian government paid Khadr would go to the widow and Morris. Legal experts say the application is unlikely to be successful.

The Speer family and Morris's attorney, Don Winder, did not immediately return the message on Thursday night.

Omar Khadr, released in Alberta prison in 2015, apologized to the victims' families.

He denied violent jihad and said he wanted to start a new era for health care after finishing education. He is 30 and currently lives in an apartment in Edmonton, Alberta.

His lawyers have long argued that Omar Khadar was a boy and his family was pushed into war by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, whom he had stayed with for a while with Osama bin Laden.

Khadr's Egyptian father was killed in 2003 when a Pakistani military helicopter was shelled with a senior al-Qaeda leader.

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