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Statement of apology to Mr. Omar Khadr

Statement of apology to Mr. Omar Khadr

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a United States soldier in Afghanistan has received payment of millions of pounds from Canada.

The federal government has officially apologized and paid a multimillion-dollar settlement to Omar Khadr for the mistreatment he endured as a teenage prisoner of the US military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Two cabinet ministers held a news conference to say the government apologized to Khadr because the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Canadian government had violated his rights under the Canadian constitution and under the Geneva convention.

The agreement is expected to be announced later on Friday.

Canadian-born Khadr, 30, was captured in 2002 in Afghanistan at the age of 15, and spent a decade in Guantanamo.

On Friday morning, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale also confirmed that Khadr has received a controversial $10.5-million payout to settle a long-standing lawsuit over violations of his charter rights.

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

The Supreme Court of Canada ruling said Canadian intelligence officials obtained evidence from the prisoner under "oppressive circumstances", which include sleep deprivation, during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in 2003.

The Conservative Party was in power when Omar Khadr was held at Guantanamo Bay and the new party leader says Khadr's $10.5M settlement sends a bad message to allies around the world.

On Friday, the Canadian Press wire service reported that the Liberal Trudeau government wanted to get ahead of an attempt by Speer's widow and another USA soldier wounded in the 2002 firefight to prevent Khadr from receiving any funds.

Justice McEwen noted that the application filed against Mr. Khadr last month looked out of date.

Mr Goodale denied any claim the settlement was rushed to block legal attempts to halt the payout by the pair.

In 2012, he was returned to Canada and was released in May 2015, pending an appeal of his conviction.

His case has divided Canadians.

Supporters have argued that Khadr should have been treated as a child soldier from the start.

Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father, an al Qaeda member, who apprenticed the boy to a group of bomb makers.

A petition by low tax advocacy group The Canadian Taxpayers Federation collected over 50,000 signatures in two days opposing any compensation for Khadr.

"The repatriation of Omar Khadr is the remedy", Scheer said. "I really hope that the talk about settlement or the apology does not cause people pain and if it does, you know, I'm really sorry for the pain".

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