Omar Khadr, a former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay that killed a U.S. soldier, will receive an apology along with millions of dollars from the Canadian government.
As reported by The Associated Press, $10.5 million Canadian ($8 million American) is set to be received by the killer after Khadr’s lawyers struck a deal with the government in June.
In 2010 Khadr pleaded guilty to the killing of American special forces medic U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer.
Khadr was captured by U.S. forces as a 15-year-old when it was suspected he threw a grenade at Speer during a firefight.
A military commission charged him with war crimes after he was sent to Guantanamo Bay.
He returned to his home country of Canada in 2012, just two years after he pleaded guilty, where he would serve the remainder of his sentence.
He was released in May 2015 as he appealed his guilty plea, claiming that it was made under duress.
The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that evidence obtained by Canadian intelligence was gained under “oppressive circumstances,” such as sleep deprivation.
Once the evidence was gained during interrogation at Guantanamo Bay in 2003, Canadian intelligence then shared the information with U.S. officials.
A $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against the Canadian government was subsequently filed by his lawyer, claiming that the government violated international law by not protecting its own citizen and conspiring with the United States.
Another American soldier that was blinded by the grenade and the widow of Speer, filed wrongful death and injury lawsuit against Khadr in 2014. They feared that he might get his hands on some part of the $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit.
Although a U.S. judge granted $134.2 million in damages in 2015, it is unlikely that the soldier and Speer’s widow will receive any of the money as Khadr lives in Canada.
According to his lawyers, he was pushed to war by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, whose family briefly stayed with Usama bin Laden when he was a boy.
A Pakistani military helicopter killed Khadr’s father in 2003 when they shelled a house he was staying in with senior Al Qaeda operatives.