TORONTO – The widow of an American special forces soldier killed in Afghanistan and another soldier partially blinded by a hand grenade have moved to finalize a default civil-suit judgment against former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr.
Court documents filed in Utah April 24, the day an Alberta court granted Khadr bail, show the plaintiffs are asking the courts to award them triple damages for a total of US$134.1 million.
Lawyer Laura Tanner, who represents Tabitha Speer and Layne Morris, said in an interview she would be filing a final order for the federal judge to review and sign within days.
Once that happens – final word on damages would be up to the judge – the families can move to have the judgment enforced against Khadr, 28, in a Canadian court.
Top court hears refugee case of diplomat deemed complicit in war crimes
By Natalie Stechyson, Postmedia News January 16, 2013
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case Thursday that grapples with how to determine just who is culpable for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola, a former high-level diplomat with the Democratic Republic of Congo, was originally denied refugee status after he fled to Montreal with his family because he was found to be complicit by association with the crimes committed by the war-torn African country.
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Canada’s Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Canada can proceed to extradite two Sri Lanka men the United States has accused of involvement with the Tamil Tigers, which waged a bloody war for independence in Sri Lanka and is considered a terrorist organisation by Washington and Ottawa, reuters reported.
Piratheepan Nadarajah was alleged to have tried to purchase surface-to-air missiles and AK-47 assault rifles for the Tamil Tigers from an undercover officer posing as a black-market arms dealer on Long Island, New York.
Ukrainian Canadian stripped of citizenship over connection to Nazi killing unit
Published on Thursday December 27, 2012
Mathew McCarthy/Waterloo Regional Record file photo
Helmut Oberlander, right, has been at the centre of a legal wrangle for years over his alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes.
An 88-year-old Ukrainian Canadian has once more been stripped of his Canadian citizenship by the federal government and is facing possible deportation over his connection to a Nazi killing unit.
Convicted war criminal Omar Khadr ‘very, very happy to be home’ in Canada
By Colin Perkel with files from Meghan Hurley, The Canadian Press and The Ottawa Citizen September 29, 2012
Omar Khadr at Guantanamo Bay, circa 2009.
Photograph by: Handout
TORONTO — A decade after 15-year-old Omar Khadr was pulled near death from the rubble of a bombed-out compound in Afghanistan, the Canadian citizen set foot on Canadian soil early Saturday following an American military flight from the notorious prison in Guantanamo Bay.
Khadr was immediately whisked off to a maximum-security facility in eastern Ontario following the five-hour flight to CFB Trenton, Ont.
“He’s finding it hard to believe that this has finally happened,” John Norris, one of Khadr’s lawyers, told The Canadian Press just after speaking to his client by phone.
“His spirits are good. He is very, very happy to be home.”
Canada declares bogus Turkish refugee a war criminal
August 24, 2012
By: Steffan Ileman
It’s hard for any refugee claimant, nowadays, to convince Canada’s Immigration & Refugee Board (IRB) that he or she is a real refugee since most claims are rejected offhand as lacking credibility. This claimant’s problem isn’t that the Board didn’t believe him. His problem is that the IRB was only too willing to believe everything he said about the story allegedly created by a member of a terrorist organisation, and his claim was rejected for the wrong reasons.
Like many “economic refugees” that Canada just loathes GY thought his only option to remain in Canada was to apply for refugee status after he dumped his Canadian wife. His father HY, who’s a naturalised Canadian citizen and drives a late model BMW, says this is a stupid kid that just doesn’t listen to advice from his elders. Although he lacks any formal education and hardly speaks any English, HY has successfully helped many inhabitants of his village in the old country settle in Canada. Judging by his car and brand-new SUV, he knows more about business and the system than the millions of university-educated immigrants that are barely scraping a living in this country.