A decision by the Justin Trudeau-run government in Canada to apologize to a Guantanamo Bay detainee with a $10.5 million pay-out is now being contested in court by two of the victims of the killer’s jihad.
Omar Khadr is an ex-Gitmo detainee who pleaded guilty to killing an American medic named Sgt. Christopher Speer.
A U.S. judge awarded $134.2 million in damages to Tabitha Speer, the woman who was widowed by Khadr’s attack, and Layne Morris, a soldier who was blinded by the grenade Khadr threw.
It’s not that the two expected to actually receive the money. It’s that the verdict was a symbolic message — a sort of statement of justice.
But Khadr has since claimed he was wrongfully prosecuted and fined because even though he admitted he threw a grenade, he said it can’t be proven his grenade actually killed Speer, or blinded Morris.
So Canada’s government agreed to pay Khadr $10.5 million for the suffering he endured during interrogation.
Speer, however, has filed an emergency injunction to stop this payout, and Morris has joined the effort.
Tabitha Speer, widow of Sgt. Christopher Speer, and Layne Morris are expected to ask the Ontario Superior Court on Wednesday to honor a 2015 Utah civil court order that demanded Khadr pay them $134 million.
“They are trying to get an emergency injunction in a Canadian court to have their award in the United States enforced in Canada,” The Globe and Mail is reporting an unnamed source as saying. “Their desire is to have U.S. courts enforced in Canada, which would mean that any money that goes to Mr. Khadr would go to them.”
Because of the cross-border jurisdictions, it is unlikely that Khadr’s victims will ever see any of the money.
Khadr’s lawyer, Dennis Edney, told the Globe and Mail that he could make no comment on the issue because “that is the arrangement with the government.”
The former Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper took a hard line on Khadr, refusing to recognize him as a “child soldier” as much of the Canadian media now describes the man who pled guilty to murder.
Harper’s successor, Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer, has condemned the potential pay-out to Khadr. He took to Twitter on Tuesday to say, “Canadians know this is wrong. If Omar Khadr is truly sorry for what he did, he’ll give every cent to Tabitha Speer and her two children.” Scheer did not respond to requests from The Daily Caller for further comment.
The Supreme Court of Canada has denounced Khadr’s interrogation at the hands of both Canadian and American authorities…..
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has refused to either confirm or deny the apology and payment to Khadr, obliquely referring to a “judicial process underway…is coming to its conclusion.”
An email from the Conservative Party of Canada to supporters was not so vague:
“Omar Khadr took the life of a husband and a father, and now the Liberal government wants to reward him with tens of millions of your dollars.
“Khadr is only alive today because of the medical treatment he received from U.S. forces after he killed one of their comrades.
“And now, thanks to Justin Trudeau, he will be one of the wealthiest men in Canada.”
Let’s hope Canada does the right thing here. Rewarding killers and terrorists with massive, multi-million dollar payouts is an egregrious slap in the face to justice, and to the victims and victims’ families.