Ministers expected to announce Khadr's $10.5M payout

Omar Khadr: pro or con?

Omar Khadr: pro or con?

"This settlement is a choice made by Justin Trudeau ... a slap in the face to the men and women in uniform who face incredible danger every day to keep us safe", Scheer said Friday afternoon, criticizing the "rushed" and "secret" nature of the settlement.

The Canadian government in a statement Friday said the settlement details are confidential, but an official familiar with the deal told the Associated Press that ex-prisoner Omar Khadr was paid 10.5 million Canadian dollars, which is roughly equivalent to $8 million. But public opinion has been decidedly mixed, with many Canadians still considering Khadr a terrorist, and his case has been a lightning rod for controversy.

Most of the documented involvement of Canadian officials was between 2003 and 2004 under the Liberal governments of former prime ministers Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin.

Khadr was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan after a firefight with USA soldiers.

"The Supreme Court while acknowledging that Canadian officials acted improperly, did not speak to remedy", he said.

In 2010, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that Canada breached his rights by sending intelligence agents to interrogate him and sharing the results with the United States.

"If Omar Khadr is truly sorry for what he's done, that money would be given directly to the family of Sgt. Speer", he said.

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He pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included murder and was sentenced to eight years plus the time he had already spent in custody. He said he rejects violent jihad and wants a fresh start to finish his education and work in health care. "They are pursuing their legal rights and they will no doubt seek the redress that they think is appropriate and due to them", Mr. Goodale said.

Khadr was incarcerated for ten years beginning when he was 15 years old in connection with a firefight between US forces and Al-Qaeda.

However, McVety pointed out that there is a chance Khadr will not receive the money.

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Mr. Goodale also denied that federal lawyers had tried to circumvent an emergency junction that the two Americans were seeking in a Toronto court to stop the $10.5-million payment.

Legal experts have said the application, aimed at getting any money Khadr might be awarded to satisfy the Utah judgment, would be extremely unlikely to succeed, in part because Khadr's conviction in Guantanamo Bay runs counter to Canadian public policy. He later recanted and his lawyers said he had been grossly mistreated. It ordered Khadr to pay $134 million.

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