Trudeau: Omar Khadr should be treated like 'any Canadian'

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HALIFAX — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau isn't ruling out compensation for Omar Khadr for the time the convicted terrorist served in Guantanamo Bay.

"Omar Khadr needs to be treated the way we treat Canadians according to the rules that exist, according to the laws and principles that govern," said Trudeau, adding the former teen soldier should be treated like "any Canadian who as been incarcerated outside of the country.”

"We need to be fair to the way we treat Canadians, and if people don't like the way the laws are now, well then, they need to change them," Trudeau said.

Trudeau made the remarks in Halifax Friday during a Nova Scotia tour supporting provincial Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil in a yet-to-be-called election.

"Justin Trudeau is in way over his head if he thinks convicted terrorist Omar Ahmed Khadr should get special compensation,” Steven Blaney told QMI Agency.

Khadr went to Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The then 15-year-old was captured in Afghanistan 2002 by U.S. soldiers after he threw a grenade and killed U.S. Army medic Christopher Speer.

Khadr, who was born in Toronto, pleaded guilty to murder and terrorism as part of a plea deal in 2010 for his war crimes.

He is now serving time in Edmonton where he is eligible for day parole.

In June 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled Khadr's rights had been violated while being held in the American detention centre, opening the door to possible legal challenges and compensation requests in Canada.

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