The Canadian government has agreed to shell out $8 million, sprinkled liberally with an apology, to a Canadian jihadist who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in 2010.

Omar Khadr claims his guilty plea was made under duress and sued the government. Canada's Supreme Court later ruled that Khadr gave his confession under "oppressive circumstances," which included sleep deprivation.

"This is nuts. Khadr should be in jail for the murder of [U.S. Army First Sgt. Christopher Speer], whom he killed. No consideration for Speer's family," tweeted Car Vallee, the former spokesman for ex-Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

We're not surprised by the high court's ruling given the recent transition to Canada's new Liberal administration of Justin Trudeau. And it's definitely being received as a slap across the face of Canada' "sister democracy," the United States.

The Canadian-born Khadr is suspected of throwing the grenade that resulted in Speer's death in 2010. The 15-year-old Khadr was later captured by U.S. troops after a firefight at a suspected al-Quaida compound in Afghanistan.

Khadr was sent to Guantanamo prison as a suspected jihadist and in 2010 pleaded guilty to murder in Canada. He was sentenced to eight years in a prison.

Lawyers for Khadr later filed a $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against the Canadian government that claimed, among other things, that the government violated international law by failing to protect Khadr, a Canadian citizen.

In the meantime, the Speer family has filed a countersuit seeking $134.2 million in damages for the wrongful death of Christopher Speer.

The resolution of this case is a clear sign of the increasingly divergent position of the U.S. and Canadian governments regarding suspected jihadists. While the U.S. prosecutes jihadis and often holds them for years without charges, the Canadian government seeks to protect jihadis in apparent subservience or deference to the cause of Islamic extremism.

Source: MSN

 
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