Former Guantanamo Bay detained Omar Khadr will receive official apology and financial compensation in Canada

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For long time, Canada refused to seek extradition or repatriation despite the urgings of Amnesty International, the Canadian Bar Association and other prominent organizations. He was transferred in Canada in 2012 and  released on bail in 2015. Now, he  will receive an official apology and $8m compensation because according Canada’s Supreme Court it was proved the fact he was interrogated under “oppressive circumstances” during his U.S. detention, being subjected to sleep deprivation to make him “less resistant to interrogation.” Khadr is the son of an alleged close associate of Osama Bin Laden and was drawn into militant circles when he was young. He was convicted in 2010 of five crimes including throwing a grenade that killed Army Sgt Christopher Speer in Afghanistan, by a US military commission.

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Omar Khadr and his lawyer Dennis Edney

Khadr’s lawyers had argued in the case that Canada violated international law by not protecting its own citizen and conspiring with the U.S. The United Nations and international human rights groups harshly condemned both the U.S. and Canada over the years for not recognizing Khadr’s age during his detention. The actual settlement will be split between Khadr and his lawyers who supported him for many years. Khadr, now 30, recently moved into his own apartment in Edmonton.

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