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An ex-Gitmo detainee who fought US troops is getting $8 million and an apology from Canada


A man who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan will receive $8 million and an apology from Canada, reports CNN.

Omar Khadr successfully sued Canada for violating international law by conspiring with the U.S. and not protecting one of its own citizens. In 2010, Khadr admitted to U.S. military prosecutors that he threw a grenade at U.S. Army Special Forces unit in 2002, killing one of its members.

Khadr initially sued for 20 million Canadian dollars.

"I shudder to think what $10 million (about $8 million U.S.) in the hands of an avowed and accomplished terrorist will do," said U.S. Sgt. Layne Morris, who was severely wounded by the grenade thrown by Khadr.

"I'm very familiar with the Khadr family. This is the third generation of Khadrs that owe humanity an apology, not the other way around," said Morris.

Khadr's father was accused of being a money man for al Qaeda with ties to Osama bin Laden. He was killed by Pakistani troops in 2003.

"This confessed terrorist should be in prison paying for his crimes, not profiting from them at the expense of Canadian taxpayers," said Jason Kenney, the leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.

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