The quiet money transfer came before a Toronto-based lawyer could file an injunction in an Ontario court to try to stop payment pending the settlement of a lawsuit launched by the family of the USA soldier Khadr is alleged to have killed in Afghanistan. "I have a lot of experience with pain".
The harm the Supreme Court found was done to Khadr occurred under two previous Canadian prime ministers, but the fallout from this settlement will affect the current administration under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
"The settlement that was announced today has to do with the wrongdoing of Canadian officials with respect to a Canadian citizen", Goodale said.
Generally, the extra information turned opponents of the Khadr settlement into supporters: maybe grudging supporters, but supporters nonetheless. A USA judge granted $134.2 million in damages in 2015, but the plaintiffs acknowledged then that there was little chance they would collect any of the money from Khadr because he lives in Canada.
The news from sources that Omar Khadr has cashed a cheque from the government of Canada for $10.5 is likely to rekindle the debate raging over the settlement.
"I don't look at this as profiting". "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".
Word of the money transfer came on the eve of a hearing Friday in Ontario Superior Court aimed at enforcing a US$134.1-million default Utah judgment against Khadr from two years ago. Khadr's lawyer, John Phillips, provided no comment when questioned by the Globe and Mail as did Canadian justice department lawyer Barney Brucker.
The suit was filed on behalf of Speer's widow, Tabitha, and another American ex-soldier, Layne Morris. The battle, during which Khadr threw a grenade, ended in the death of USA special forces soldier Chris Speer and the wounding of another US soldier, Layne Morris. Morris was blinded in one eye in the same battle. He pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. Army medic and became the youngest inmate held at the military prison in Cuba. "The Supreme Court of Canada has stated clearly and unequivocally that that behaviour on the part of those Canadian officials was wrong". "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.
McEwan put the case over until July 13 to give Winer time to file materials with Whitling, who drafted Khadr's initial claim against Ottawa in 2004.
Khadr, now 30 and living in Edmonton, was 15 when he was captured by American soldiers after a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan. Khadr, who was suspected of throwing the grenade that killed Speer, was taken to Guantanamo and ultimately charged with war crimes by a military commission. He said he confessed only to be allowed to leave Guantanamo and return to Canada, because even an acquittal would not have guaranteed him his freedom.
Earlier this week the federal government agreed to pay Khadr $10.5M to settle a long-standing lawsuit over violation of his rights. "Omar Khadr was abandoned in a hellish place called Guantanamo Bay, for 10 years, a place internationally condemned as a torture chamber". An end to that case still appears to be years away.