The case of Guantánamo teenager who received apology from Canada could set precedent for children accused of terror crimes
Canada’s compensation payment to a former child soldier could have worldwide implications, child rights defenders say. Omar Khadr, the only child soldier to have been prosecuted by a military tribunal for war crimes, has received an apology and $10.5m compensation from the Canadian government for failing to protect his rights.
The saga of Toronto-born Khadr has been a headache for Canada ever since he was found in 2002 following a firefight in Afghanistan alongside al-Qaida militants. The injured 15-year-old was suspected to have thrown a grenade that killed a US soldier. He was taken to Guantánamo Bay and in 2010 confessed to war crimes, including murder, before a US military commission.