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Canada pays ex-Gitmo prisoner who killed US soldier millions, soldier’s widow could never see a dime

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It’s so back-asswards that you literally have to pinch yourself to make sure what you’re about to read is REAL LIFE!

A former Guantanamo prisoner — Omar Khadr — who killed a special forces medic, will be getting a big paycheck after a reported lawsuit alleging civil rights violations, yet the terrorist’s REAL victims, may never see any of that money.

Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave Omar Khadr a big payout, but the terrorist’s real victims may never see any of that money. Canada has agreed to pay Khadr $8 million per a settlement that also includes an apology.

Khadr is Canadian-born, and at just 15-years-old, he tossed a grenade in a firefight, killing U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer in 2002. The soldiers widow, Tabitha Speer, along with Layne Morris, who was blinded in the firefight, won a $134 million wrongful-death default judgment against Khadr in 2015 in Utah.

Lawyers for the widow and Morris requested an order to freeze Khadr’s assets. It wasn’t until last week that a Canadian judge tossed out the lawyers request, calling it quote “extraordinary.”

Monday, a conservative Member of the Canadian Parliament Peter Kent wrote in The Wall Street Journal the timing of the payout undermines Speer’s legal options to collect. Kent went on to add that Trudeau’s actions “are an affront to the memory of Christopher Speer, to Tabitha Speer and her children, to Layne Morris, to our U.S. allies and to all men and women in uniform.”

“Mr. Trudeau made Omar Khadr a millionaire, and he didn’t have to.”

~ Canadian Parliament Member Peter Kent

Trudeau said last week the case could of cost more than $30 million if not settled. Trudeau saying:

“The measure of a society, of a just society, is not whether we stand up for people’s rights when it’s easy or popular to do so, it’s whether we recognize rights when it’s difficult, when it’s unpopular. We are a society that stands up for peoples’ rights, and when governments fail to respect peoples’ rights we all end up paying. I think that is the lesson that hopefully future governments will draw from this settlement.”

In 2015, Khadr sued the Canadian government for $16 million, claiming he was tortured at Guantanamo, and let out on bail. Morris told FOX News last week:

“It was just crazy that you would give someone like that $8 million because his feelings got hurt. I know he spent time in Guantanamo. That was due to his own actions.”

Tabitha Speer, widow of Sgt. 1st Class Chris Speer, who was killed by a hand grenade that Omar Khadr admitted throwing, speaks to reporters on the sentencing of Khadr at his military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Sunday Oct. 31, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

 

 

 

 

Tabitha Speer hasn’t commented on the settlement to Khadr on her Facebook page in June with a photo of her husband and their two young children, Taryn and Tanner. The children are now teens.

“Everyone wants to say he’s the child, he’s the victim. I don’t see that. My children are the victims.”

~ Tabitha Speer

According to a story at the time in the Albuquerque Journal, back in 2010, Speer confronted Khadr from the witness stand at the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal, after Khadr struck a plea deal. She told him:

“My husband was a good man. You will forever be a murderer in my eyes.”

Speer also urged the jury to reject arguments that Khadr deserved a break saying:

“Everyone wants to say he’s the child, he’s the victim. I don’t see that. My children are the victims. I reflected on what a great marriage and family we had. I thought we would be together forever to watch our children grow. I had no idea that within days, my world would be torn apart. “

A 2005 court affidavit, Speer detailed the day her husband was deployed, and also detailed in the her feelings when she returned home to North Carolina from Germany.

“I could not fathom how empty our house was. I sat in the middle of the living room floor, explaining to Taryn what happened to Daddy. This was the hardest thing I have ever done. I needed to be strong for Taryn and Tanner, but needed to grieve myself. Telling a little girl her daddy would not be coming home was excruciating.”

After this, The Rebel has now started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the Speer children. You can donate here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/17/omar-khadr-canada-pays-ex-gitmo-detainee-who-killed-us-soldier-millions-but-soldiers-widow-may-never-see-dime.html

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1 Comment

  1. C Hayes

    July 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    What would you expect. Canada has turned into a muslim loving and muslim run country.

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