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Trudeau Talks Omar Khadr And Settlement Of $10.5M From Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters during an interview with The Canadian Press in Ottawa on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Patrick Doyle/CP


Justin Trudeau the Prime Minister of Canada has come out and spoken about the deal that is said to be going on between Omar Khadr and the Canadian government.

You might be asking yourself, well who is Omar Khadr?
Khadr was born in Canada but was taken to Afghanistan by his father who apparently had links to terror organizations. He was involved in a firefight in the country when the United States invaded the nation after the 9/11 terror attacks (the aims were to dismantle terror organizations in the region) Omar Khadr was wounded in the firefight of which he reportedly fought in. He was alleged to have tossed a grenade that ended up killing an  American medic, Sgt. Christopher Speer. He was detained in Bagram and sent to Guantanamo Bay detention camps. This camp is in Cuba. In that camp, many things are said to have been done to prisoners such as beatings. In this case, it is said that one of the things done to him was that he was moved from cell to cell every 3 hours for 21 days so that he could not get sleep. He was also interrogated by Both U.S and Canadian intelligence officers.

 Trudeau said that the payment and the apology to the former inmate were just a basic matter of following the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Even the Supreme Court of Canada in ruled that his treatment was in violation.

Trudeau feels that this is not about his case but the clear fact that his rights were violated. This is correct as he was detained as a minor but was considered an adult prisoner in the camp.

The payment amount that is said to have been given is $10.5 Million. This was done by the Canadian government to settle a lawsuit. It is said that he was denied access to a lawyer and was even tortured at the U.S base in Cuba.

Trudeau said that the Charter protects all Canadians "even when it is uncomfortable."

"When the government violates any Canadian's Charter rights, we all end up paying for it," he mentioned.

This caused a little bit of a debate. Some people feel that Canada does not owe Khadr anything what so ever. While others feel that Canada does owe him some reparation after the violation. Even a soldier who was injured and blinded in one eye says that he thinks that Canada owes Khadr nothing.

The Conservative Party of Canada's leader Andrew Scheer said: This payout is a slap in the face to the men and women in uniform who face incredible danger every day to keep us safe.

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