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Canadian Pol Slams $10.5M Payment to Ex-Gitmo Terrorist

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 07:40 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to pay millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan has created a "backlash among Canadian taxpayers and Canadian soldiers and veterans that has been fierce," a member of the Canadian House of Commons told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

"Canadians from coast to coast are totally outraged with Prime Minister Trudeau's decision to pay this confessed terrorist and known supporter — past supporter at least — and member of al-Qaida $10.5 million Canadian tax dollars," Pierre Poilievre, 38, told "Newsmax Now" host Bill Tucker.

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Trudeau's government approved the payment — equal to $8 million in the U.S. — and an apology to Omar Khadr.

The actions were based on a 2010 Supreme Court of Canada ruling Canadian officials violated Khadr's rights at Guantanamo.

In 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to killing U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer.

He was 15 years old and was suspected of throwing the grenade that killed Speer.

Khadr was taken to Guantanamo and ultimately charged with war crimes by a military commission. He was sentenced to eight years, plus the time he had already spent in custody.

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

Khadr spent 10 years in Guantanamo Bay.

Speer's widow and another American soldier blinded by the grenade in Afghanistan filed a wrongful death and injury lawsuit against Khadr in 2014, fearing Khadr might win his lawsuit.

A U.S. judge granted them $134.2 million in damages in 2015.

"It is outrageous that Prime Minister Trudeau not only awarded this money to Omar Khadr but ensured that the money was quickly transferred into Khadr's bank account before Canadian courts could rule on whether to enforce the American judgment," Poilievre told Tucker.

"By transferring that money so quickly, Justin Trudeau has put the family in a more difficult position in its effort to reclaim its rightful compensation from this terrorist."

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to pay millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan has created a "backlash among Canadian taxpayers and Canadian soldiers and veterans that has been fierce."
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