Family of United States soldiers seek to recover money awarded to Khadr

Canada's Liberal government is prepared to provide an apology and $10 million to the confessed killer of a USA soldier who spent time to Guantanamo Bay.

If Khadr is compensated $10 million, that is close to what was provided to Maher Arar, a Syrian Canadian who was brutally tortured for a year after USA officials deported him to his birth country.

While the payout seemed a slim possibility, Don Winder, the Utah-based lawyer representing Tabitha Speer and Morris, said they had suspected Khadr would obtain a settlement from the Canadian government.

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.

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Khadr was arrested after a firefight at an al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan. Khadr, who was suspected of throwing the grenade that killed Speer, was taken to the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and ultimately charged with war crimes by a military commission. Omar was arrested at the age of 15 during the US invasion of Afghanistan on July 27, 2002.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal party, was in Ireland Tuesday and did not respond directly to questions about the reported payment and apology.

Khadr, a Canadian citizen, became the youngest prisoner at the US detention camp in Cuba following his capture from Afghanistan in 2002. In 2012, he was sent back to Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence, but in 2015, he was released pending an appeal.

In 2002, USA special forces captured Khadr after a firefight with al-Qaida forces in southeast Afganistan.

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When the news broke yesterday that Omar Khadr would be getting an apology from Ottawa and $10.5 million from the rest of us, the reaction was as swift as it was expected.

Scheer says many have tried to cast Khadr as the victim in this case, but Scheer says make no mistake - the victim here is the family of Sergeant Speer.

The court pointed to decisions by intelligence officials to deny Khadr counsel, instead obtaining evidence from him under "oppressive circumstances", such as sleep deprivation and sharing that evidence with U.S. officials.

When asked how he knew Khadr's family, Morris said he was referring to Khadr's Egyptian-born father who was accused of having ties to al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. He said he rejects violent jihad and wants a fresh start to finish his education and work in health care. A United States judge granted $134.2 million in damages in 2015, but the plaintiffs acknowledged then that there was little chance they would collect any of the money from Khadr because he lives in Canada. He was eventually transferred into Canadian custody, and released on bail in 2015 to live with his lawyer, Dennis Edney.

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