A man who plead guilty to the murder of an American solider and the attempted murder of another in Afghanistan has been granted a $10.5 million dollar settlement ($8 million American) and an apology by the government of Canada. He sued his country for conspiring with his Guantanamo naval base captors and not protecting him.
Omar Khadr was fifteen years old in 2002 when he threw the grenade that killed Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer and wounded Sgt. Layne Morris, blinding him in one eye. He was fighting on behalf of Al Qaeda; his father was a money man for the same organization.
In 2010 he pled guilty to murder, attempted murder, providing material support for terrorism, spying, and conspiracy as part of an agreement that got him transferred out of Gitmo and back to Canada in 2012. In 2015 he was granted bail. Khadir is appealing his conviction.
Mike Opelka wondered on today’s “Pure Opelka” if Sgt. Speer’s widow Tabitha would ever see $10.5 million from Canada. Maybe Sgt. Morris, still recovering from his injuries, could also use the equivalent of $8 million American to help with his disabling injuries.