I hope the widow of the US soldier that Omar Khadr pleaded guilty to murdering goes after him for every penny he profits from his case.
Khadr, a Canadian citizen, had been captured in Afghanistan in 2002 after a firefight at a suspected al-Qaida compound: Khadr was accused of throwing a grenade that killed US army medic Sgt. Christopher Speer and injured another soldier. (Khadr’s father had been killed in another incident, when Pakistani military shelled a house where he was staying with senior al-Qaida terrorists.)
Khadr was 15-years old when he was arrested: a video seized at the time showed him making improvised explosives, with a rifle leaning up against the wall just behind him.
But he was a child soldier under international law … and later said his confession had been made under duress. He spent 13 years in custody .. partly at Guantanamo Bay and also in prison in Canada.
Now the federal government has agreed in a legal settlement to apologize and reportedly compensate Khadr more than $10 million after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that evidence was obtained from the Canadian youth under “oppressive circumstances” and his rights had been violated.
Khadr had sued for more than double the reported settlement amount and federal officials apparently believe a Court could have awarded him more.
I understand the legalities involved, but I still don’t like it.
I see it as another case where the victim(s) of crime and their families will suffer more and longer than the perpetrator. This is happening far too often in Canada these days.
Sometimes even YOUTH must be held accountable for their ADULT actions … and this should be one of those times.
Khadr, having served his time in prison, deserves a chance to build a new life for himself in Canada. But he should not be rewarded. But he does NOT deserve to cash in …especially for MORE than Canada compensated Maher Arar for the injustice we did to him or the thousands of Japanese Canadians whose human rights we trampled and whose property we stole.
Sgt. Speer’s widow has already won a civil suit against Khadr, but has collected nothing … I assume because he was broke. Now I wish her great success in going after Khadr’s $10 Million …and more..
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