Ontario judge denies request by US soldier’s widow and injured former soldier to freeze former Guantánamo detainee’s assets ahead of hearing in the fall

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has defended the C$10.5m (US$8.24m) in a settlement paid to a Canadian man held at Guantánamo Bay for a decade, calling it the best choice in difficult circumstances.

Trudeau said fighting a lawsuit by Omar Khadr – who was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan and sent to the US military base in Cuba – would have cost the government more money in the end but acknowledged it was not a popular thing to do.

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