The federal government’s decision to pay Omar Khadr $10.5 million is wrong on a number of dimensions:
Legal – It would have been far better to allow this to run its course through the courts. Moreover, a payout is premature because there is a pending lawsuit in front of the US courts wherein Khadr is trying to withdraw the confession he gave because he says it was given under duress. His suit against Canada should have been tested. Even the Supreme Court has ruled that his rights were violated previously the government decision to settle because they thought they might lose wasn’t wise.
Moral – Is it not a bit perverse that of all the people whose rights have been violated in one way or another in Canada, it is the Khadr case that the federal government choose to settle?
Financial – The amount is too much.