Saturday 18 November 2017

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner received £6.2 million payment from Canada

Omar Khadr pictured in 2015, as the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner received a multimillion pound payment from the Canadian government (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Omar Khadr pictured in 2015, as the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner received a multimillion pound payment from the Canadian government (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier in Afghanistan has received payment of millions of pounds from Canada.

Canadian government officials confirmed that Omar Khadr has been given 10.5 million Canadian dollars (£6.2 million).

The government and Khadr's lawyers negotiated the deal last month, based on a 2010 court ruling that Canadian officials violated his rights at Guantanamo.

The agreement is expected to be announced later on Friday.

The Canadian-born Khadr was 15 when he was captured by US troops following a firefight at a suspected al Qaida compound in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of US Army Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer.

AP

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