Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Khadr-Payout

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Khadr-Payout

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OTTAWA - The federal government apologized Friday to Omar Khadr, sparking fresh public debate about the former Guantanamo Bay inmate in a long-running drama that has left Canadians deeply divided.

After the apology to the Toronto-born Khadr was released on paper, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale emerged to confirm the two sides had reached a settlement -- and to acknowledge that it would not please everyone.

The apology didn't mention financial compensation, but followed reports of a 10.5-million-dollar settlement of Khadr's long-standing lawsuit.

Khadr was sent to Guantanamo at age 15 for allegedly throwing a grenade that killed American soldier Christopher Speer in Afghanistan in 2002.

He pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a military commission, in a process that's since been widely condemned. …

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