Canadian Convicted Terrorist Gets $10 Million Dollar Payday
On the July 15th edition of Open for Business Tom asked his Canadian co-host Shane Montalban for an update on the report of a Canadian citizen-terrorist getting a $10 million dollar payout from the Canadian Government.
Listen to the discussion below.
Omar Khadr, 30, was a 15-year old Canadian citizen when he was captured in Afghanistan and charged with killing an American soldier and blinding another with a grenade.
He was taken to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he eventually confessed to five crimes and was sentenced to 8 years by a military tribunal.
He was eventually released and returned to Canada where he accused Americans of torture to obtain his confession.
He also sued Canada for not coming to his defense.
$10 Million Is Not Enough
Not only has Canada decided on the amount without a court directive but Khadr thinks he’s also owed and apology but the Canadian government.
Believe it or not there is a precedent for this kind of behavior. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid out $11.5 million along with an apology to another Canadian citizen Maher Arar, who was tortured in Syria in 2002.
Some Final Thoughts
There have been hundreds of stories about mistreatment of detainees at Guantanamo. Are they true? Some probably are.
I wish Canada had as much compassion for the victim’s families as we seem to have for the terrorist. Check out the interview and tell us what you think.