In a serious embarrassment to the Canadian government, Omar Khadr, the youngest Guantanamo Bay detainee has won more than CAD$10 million ($7.7 million) and an apology from the Canadian government after settling in court.
Omar Khadr, 30, had sued the Canadian government for violating international law by allegedly not protecting its citizen and conspiring with his US captors, who he says abused him.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, when asked about the settlement and the apology, he said , There is a judicial process underway that has been underway for a number of years now and we are anticipating I think, a number of people are, the judicial process is coming to its conclusion.”
Under a plea deal with US military prosecutors in 2010, Khadr admitted to throwing a grenade during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan that killed a member of a US Army Special Forces unit. He was 15 at the time of the blast.Documents showed that Canadian agents interrogated Khadr at Guantanamo Bay in 2003 and 2004. A trio of U.S. Supreme Court decisions found practices at the jail during that time were illegal.
Khadr, who was born in Toronto, was awarded the money after filing a lawsuit in 2004 against the Canadian government, claiming the country conspired with the U.S. to torture him at the jail. Khadr’s suit sought $20 million in compensation.