Canadian Government Offers Guantanamo Bay Detainee Apology and Multi-Million Dollar Compensation Package

7/5/2017

Toronto-born man who was held at Guantánamo Bay after admitting killing a US soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15 is to receive an apology and a reported $10.5 million (£6.3 million) compensation from the Canadian government.

Agreement has been reached between the government in Ottowa and lawyers acting on behalf of Omar Khadr seven years after the country's supreme court ruled the participation of Canadian officials in his Guantánamo interrogation “offends the most basic Canadian standards about the treatment of detained youth suspects.”

The settlement brings to an end a legal battle which began in 2004 when Mr Khadr's lawyers, Dennis Edney and John Phillips, accused Canada of failing to protect one of its own citizens and conspiring with the US.

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