Youngest Guantanamo Prisoner To Get $8 Million From Canadian Government

Omar Khadr suffered from a series of abuses while he was in U.S. detention in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

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Omar Khadr, the youngest ever detainee, will  receive compensation for the his harassment at the Guantanamo Bay prison from the Canadian government. Khadr pleaded guilty for killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15.

The Canadian government will pay US$ 8mn and an apology for interrogating him under "oppressive circumstances" at the US military detention camp. 

Source: bbc

According to a report published in RT, Khadr was captured by U.S. troops following a firefight in Afghanistan at a suspected Al Qaeda compound, that resulted in the death of U.S. Special Forces medic, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer. 

This teenager was accused of throwing the grenade that killed Sergeant Speer. Later, Khadr was taken to Guantanamo and ultimately charged with war crimes by a military commission.

Source: newsweek

Khadr was captured and taken to Bagram base in Afghanistan where he was interrogated over more than 40 days before being sent to Guantanamo in October 2002. He was interrogated using sleep deprivation, stress positions and threats of rape.

Source: america

This Canadian- born teenager pled guilty in 2010 to the charge of murder and he was sentenced to eight years plus the time he had already spent in custody.

Two years later he came to Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence and was released in May 2015, pending an appeal of his guilty plea, which he said was made under duress.

Source: citynews

In 2010 Canadian Supreme Court said that intelligence obtained evidence from Khadr under “oppressive circumstances,” such as sleep deprivation.

Source: 1310

Khadr’s lawyers had filed wrongful imprisonment suit against the Canadian government in 2013. The lawyers specifically mentioned that Canada violated international law and conspired with the US in abusing the then-teenager.

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