- Title: Canada to compensate ex-Guantanamo inmate, apologise: sources
- Date: 4th July 2017
- Summary: GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA (FILE) (REUTERS) WIDE FENCES, BARBED WIRE SURROUNDING GUANTANAMO BAY DETENTION CENTER SIGN READING "CAMP VI, JOINT TASK FORCE, GUANTANAMO" MORE OF FENCE VARIOUS OF DETAINEES WALKING INSIDE DETENTION CENTER, SHOT FROM BEHIND FENCE AMERICAN FLAG, FENCE
- Embargoed: 18th July 2017 19:58
- Keywords: Omar Khadr Guantanamo Trudeau Canada
- Location: EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA/ DUBLIN, IRELAND/ GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA
- City: EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA/ DUBLIN, IRELAND/ GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA
- Country: Canada
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0036OAZRK7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Canadian government will apologise to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr and pay him around C$10 million (6 million pounds) to compensate him for the abuse he suffered in detention, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday (July 4).
A Canadian citizen, Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 at age 15 after a firefight with U.S. soldiers. He pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. Army medic and became the youngest inmate held at the military prison in Cuba.
Khadr later recanted and his lawyers said he had been grossly mistreated. The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Canada breached his rights by sending intelligence agents to interrogate him and by sharing the results with the United States.
Khadr spent a decade in Guantanamo before being returned to Canada in 2012 to serve the rest of his sentence. He was released on bail in 2015 and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Canadian government and Khadr's lawyers agreed on the compensation deal, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous given the sensitivity. Canada has reached a series of expensive settlements with citizens imprisoned abroad who alleged Ottawa was complicit in their mistreatment.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to comment on the reports that Khadr was to be compensated. Speaking in Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday (July 4) Trudeau said, "There is a judicial process under way that has been under way for a number of years now and we are anticipating, like I think a number of people are, that that judicial process is coming to its conclusion."
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