A Special Forces soldier who was blinded in an attack by an Al Qaeda terrorist slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s agreement to pay $8 million to the terrorist who wounded him.
Layne Morris was wounded and another soldier was killed when Omar Khadr, then 15 years old, threw a grenade at them. Khadr was arrested and imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay prison. In 2010 he pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, providing material support for terrorism, spying, and conspiracy, under the condition that his imprisonment be in Canada.
In 2015 Khadr appealed his conviction and stated that his admission of guilt was made under duress. He sued the Canadian government for allegedly using illegal methods and abuse to obtain intelligence from him and to extract his confession. His lawyers sought $20 million in compensation.
Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the government had reached an agreement with Khadr’s lawyers in which he would be given $8 million and receive a formal apology from the Canadian government.
Morris, who was blinded in one eye in the attack, said that he was blindsided by the deal.