Widow goes after money Canada will give ex-Gitmo prisoner
TORONTO – The lawyer for the widow of a US soldier killed in Afghanistan said on Tuesday it had applied for any money paid by the Canadian government in a former Guantanamo prisoner convicted of murder will go to the widow and another wounded American soldier.
Don Winder’s lawyer made the comments as a decision by the Canadian government to apologize and give millions of dollars to Omar Khadr was the subject of increasing criticism.
An official familiar with the operation said Tuesday that Khadr would receive 10.5 million Canadian dollars ($ 8 million). The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly prior to the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. Khadr’s government and lawyers negotiate the market last month.
The Khadr, born in Canada, was 15 when he was captured by US troops following an attack against a possible attack by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, which resulted in the death of a special US Army medic US Forces Sgt.
First class Christopher Speer and sergeant injuries. Layne Morris, who lost an eye. Khadr, suspected of firing the grenade that killed Speer, was taken to Guantanamo and finally charged with war crimes by a military commission.
He pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges including murder and was sentenced to eight years of time spent in prison. He returned to Canada two years later to serve the remainder of his sentence and was released in May 2015 pending an appeal of his guilty plea, said he was under duress.
Winder, a lawyer based in Salt Lake City Speer and Morris, said he filed a motion a few weeks ago in Canada to get within this lawsuit in Canada. Nothing has been heard yet.
“We will proceed with this request and try to make sure that if you put money, it goes to Sergeant Speer and Layne Morris’s widow for the loss of one eye,” said Winder The Associated Press.
Winder said he thought it was likely there would be a payment “for his illegal burial at Guantanamo.”
Khadr’s lawyers have filed a $ 20 million unjust imprisonment lawsuit against the Canadian government on the grounds that the government had violated international law by not protecting its own citizens and conspired with the United States in its abuse of Khadr. Khadr has spent 10 years in Guantanamo. His case received international attention after some have called a child soldier.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that Canadian intelligence officials obtained evidence from Khadr under “oppressive circumstances,” such as sleep deprivation during interrogation at Guantanamo in 2003 and shared this evidence with US officials.
Khadr was arrested the youngest and the last Western detainee in the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The new government has given millions of someone who pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier was not well beaten the Conservatives in Canada.
“A horrible terrorist who met and planted the same type of IED (improvised explosive device) that killed 97 Canadians who get $ 10 million,” said former Conservative minister Jason Kenney. Kenney added that Khadr should be in jail paying for his crimes, not as enjoying spending Canadian taxpayers.