9/11 Victim's Wife Disgusted by Trudeau's $10.5M Payment to Omar Khadr
The widow of a Toronto businessman killed in the World Trade Centre on 9/11 says its sickening that the Liberal government has allowed terrorist Omar Khadr to play the victim card and collect $10.5 million.
Maureen Basnicki’s husband, Ken Basnicki, was in New York City on business when he was killed in the North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001.
She says the “imbalance in the justice system” reared its ugly head with Khadr’s Las Vegas-like payout.
“I feel the same as the majority of Canadians,” Basnicki said. “It’s excessive and it irks me my tax dollars are going to a self-confessed member of a terrorist organization.”
“There are just so many reasons I object to it,” added the advocate for the rights of Canadian terror victims.
“The current Liberal government is jumping over hoops to make Khadr the victim and neglects to acknowledge his true victims,” Basnicki said. “There isn’t an equal balance between perpetrators and victims when it comes to their rights.”
Khadr, a Canadian detained by the U.S. for 10 years, pleaded guilty to war crimes for throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan.
After his capture Khadr was sent to the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay.
In 2006, Khadr was sentenced to an eight years but was repatriated to Canada in 2012 to serve out the remainder of his prison time.
He was released in 2015 and disputed his conviction saying he only pleaded guilty to be able to return to Canada.
Khadr sued the Canadian government for infringing on his rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedom and was given a $10.5 million settlement along with an apology from the federal government.
The move was wildly unpopular and sparked outrage by veterans, the public and politicians north and south of the border.
Basnicki says it’s still painful how poorly the government treats Canadians who are victimized outside the country.
“I want to see Canadian victims of violent crime recognized even if it happens outside our borders,” she said.
When her husband was killed, Basnicki received compensation from the U.S., not from Ottawa.
Read more from the Toronto Sun here: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/07/22/911-victims-wife-disgusted-by-105m-khadr-deal