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The Toronto-born Khadr, 30, who pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a much maligned military commission in 2010 related to alleged offences that occurred in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15 years old, was suing the federal government for $20 million for breaching his rights.
A badly wounded Khadr was captured by U.S. troops following a firefight at a suspected al-Qaida compound that resulted in the death of an American special forces soldier, U.S. army Sgt. Christopher Speer. Khadr was accused of throwing the grenade that killed Speer.
July 2002 firefight
He describes in detail about being at the compound in Khowsi, Afghanistan, in July 2002, and being told that Americans were on their way.
Following a firefight between men in the compound and the Americans, Khadr pulled a grenade he had been given earlier from a pocket in the right side of his shirt, according to the report.
With his ammunition vest empty, Khadr was told to use the grenade to defend himself.
"Khadr pulled the pin on the grenade as he had seen in movies," the report states.
The report says that Khadr, with his right hand, threw the grenade over his shoulder toward the Americans.
"He did not see who he threw the grenade at and he did not see the explosion. He just knew he threw the grenade in the direction of the Americans," the report states.
Khadr did hear the explosion, then gunfire from the Americans, at which point he was shot three times in the back, the report says.
The compensation and apology come after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that Canadian intelligence officials obtained evidence from Khadr under “oppressive circumstances,” such as sleep deprivation, during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in 2003.
“Canada has a history of recognizing and apologizing when it has made mistakes,” she added. “This settlement is a recognition of the fact that we have standards in Canada.”
She explained that because Khadr is a Canadian citizen, the country had a “higher threshold” of responsibilities, as opposed to the United States. The settlement is also in response to Khadr suing the Canadian government.
CBC's Terence McKenna, who has done extensive investigative work on the Khadr case, including two documentaries, questioned this confession,saying there have been at least eight confessions by Khadr, with details changing from report to report. "This document wouldn't last five minutes in a court of law," he said.
Dennis Edney, one of Khadr’s lawyers, who was initially unaware of the document, expressed profound surprise at its contents. “There’s not such a being as a criminal youth court in Guantanamo,” Edney said from Edmonton. “Why would you do that? Internationally, the place was condemned because it didn’t distinguish between Omar being a child and Omar being an adult.” The Americans captured the horrifically wounded Khadr in the rubble of a bombed out compound in Afghanistan in July 2002 following a fierce firefight that left an American special forces soldier dead and another partly blinded. In October 2010, the Canadian citizen pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, and was handed an eight-year sentence. The Toronto-born Khadr, who has long maintained the Americans tortured him during his lengthy captivity, later said he only pleaded guilty so he could return to Canada.
originally posted by: Asktheanimals
Maybe Canadian bacon and Maple syrup really aren't that healthy for you?
Or Justin Trudeau is trying to prove how extra-super-duper-special-progressive the NuCanadian government really is.
This is beyond the pale of irrational, downright looneytunes on acid.