Reports suggest the Trudeau Government will offer an apology and $10 million in compensation to former Al Qaeda terrorist Omar Khadr for abuses he suffered while in American custody at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay.
Khadr, who is 30 and born in Scarborough, was captured in a battle in Afghanistan at age 15 after throwing a grenade and killing a U-S Army Medic. He then endured years of interrogation before finally being released and returned to Canada.
His father was a top al Qaeda operative who was killed in a gunfight with Pakistani troops in 2003.
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the actions of Canadians who took part in Khadr’s interrogations had violated his rights under the Charter.
The apology and compensation are similar to the $10.5 million given to Maher Arar, a Syrian born Canadian who was tortured in Syria after Canadian officials passed information about him to the United States.