Omar Khadr, the former “child soldier” who was brought at age 15 to Afghanistan by his Al Qaeda-linked father, was captured and held at Bagram Air Base before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay where he was held from 2002 to 2010 after pleading guilty to killing U.S. Army Medic, Sgt. Christopher Speer.
Class Daily In 2010, Khadr was repatriated to Canada and in 2013 initiated a $20 million (Canadian Dollars) lawsuit against the Government of Canada alleging that they conspired with the U.S. government to abuse his rights. In 2017, the Trudeau government settled the lawsuit with Khadr quietly awarding him $10.5 million ($8 million in US Dollars).
The awarding of multi millions to a convicted terrorist sparked outrage in Canadian conservative circles because a Utah civil court had awarded Sgt. Speer’s family $134 million (US Dollars) for the killing of the medic. The Speer family is still trying to have the award enforced in Canada.
In 2019, a Trudeau-appointed judge ruled that his war crimes sentence had expired, so all conditions have been removed including the ban on obtaining a passport.
Now, he’s a keynote speaker at an event at a prestigious Canadian University in Nova Scotia.
Khadr is scheduled to speak at an event on children’s rights hosted by Dalhousie University on February 10, 2020.
The event is part of the university’s Open Dialogue series, in partnership with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. The talk will be hosted by the CBC’s Nahlah Ayed and will also feature former child soldier and author Ishmael Beah as a speaker.