Ex-Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr to get apology and pay

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr to get apology and pay

A spokesman for Canada's justice ministry and the prime minister's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

His supporters accused the Canadian government - particularly the previous Conservative government under then prime minister Stephen Harper - for failing to protect him.

"There is a judicial process underway that has been underway for a number of years now", Trudeau said in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday.

Amnesty International called the settlement, which another source said was signed last Wednesday, long overdue.

The Canadian government will give $10 million and an apology to a citizen accused of killing a US soldier in Afghanistan for abuses he endured while detained by USA forces in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Khadr's $20-million lawsuit - initially launched in 2004 - alleges the federal government breached his rights by, among other things, colluding with the Americans in his mistreatment.

"This is offensive to many Canadians", the petition states.

"It seems that it's taken a long time to learn those lessons, but there have been lessons learned", she said of the reported settlement.

Due to Khadr's age and worldwide laws meant to protect child soldiers from normal war crime prosecutions, his case has drawn criticism. Instead, the government conspired with the U.S.to convict and imprison Khadr.

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In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canadian officials had interrogated Khadr under "oppressive circumstances"-after three weeks of sleep deprivation while in USA custody-then shared evidence with US officials, which "offends the most basic Canadian standards about the treatment of detained youth suspects".

Khadr, who was the youngest prisoner ever detained at the naval base in Cuba, became a cause celebre for Guantanamo Bay opponents and his case received global attention.

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

The Pentagon charged Khadr with "murder in violation of the laws of war", for the death of Delta Force soldier Sergeant Christopher Speer, who was fatally wounded in the July 2002 firefight.

Although the evidence was flimsy and lacked eye-witnesses, he pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included Speer's murder and was sentenced to a further eight years in custody. He later said he confessed to get out of Guantanamo.

He was the youngest and last Western detainee held at the military prison. He was released on bail in 2015, at age 28. The appeal remains stalled.

After his 2015 release from prison in Alberta, Khadr apologised to the families of the victims. He said he rejects violent jihad and wants a fresh start to finish his education and work in health care.

He was accused of throwing a grenade that killed US army medic Christopher Speer in the firefight and was sent to the USA detention facility in Guantanamo Bay. Canadian experts called it unlikely the judgment could be enforced. Following reports of the upcoming apology and compensation, Laura Pitter, senior national security counsel at Human Rights Watch, tweeted: "This is fantastic news!"

The settlement, confirmed by sources familiar with the deal, exposed the deep chasm that has divided Canadians over Khadr nearly since 2002 when he was dragged horrifically wounded as a 15-year-old from the battlefield in Afghanistan.

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