'A little baloney' in claim feds couldn't stop Khadr lawsuit OTTAWA "Further protracted proceedings in the civil suit would add millions more in costs beyond the $5 million already accumulated and not including the damage claim itself of another $20 million in a case with virtually no chance of success.
" Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, outside the House of Commons on July 7, 2017. prisoner at Guantanamo Bay in 2003. The apology was prompted by a $20 million lawsuit that Khadr had launched against the government for the Charter violation, and included an out of court settlement reportedly worth $10.5 million. Goodale on Friday defended the settlement by stating during a news conference that the government had no real chance of stopping Khadr's lawsuit. That was why it was cutting its losses now to avoid having to pay even more in legal fees and damages. Is it true, as Goodale said, that the government had virtually no chance of defending itself from Khadr's $20 million lawsuit? Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of "no coach outlet coupons 5 star baloney" to "full of baloney" (complete methodology below) This one earns a rating of "a little baloney" the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required. Here's why: THE FACTS Canadians are sharply divided over Khadr and his story, which is extremely complicated and stretches over 15 years. But the facts relating to his $20 million lawsuit are largely coach factory store outlet straightforward. forces in Afghanistan in 2002. military prison, during which time he was interrogated by American and in two instances in 2003 and 2004 Canadian intelligence officials. The Supreme Court later ruled in 2010 that those Canadian officials had violated Khadr's rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms during their interrogations. Among the reasons was that he was questioned without a lawyer, despite being a minor, and officials knew during his second interrogation that Khadr had been intentionally deprived of sleep for three weeks. "Canada actively participated in a process contrary to coach outlet atlanta rappers Canada's international human rights obligations and contributed to Mr. Khadr's ongoing detention so as to deprive him of his right to liberty and security of the person guaranteed by (Section) 7 coach outlet purses with changeable covers of the Charter," the court ruled. Khadr's lawsuit included allegations that Canadian officials were negligent and conspired with American counterparts to keep him detained, neither of which were tested by the Supreme Court. But the main focus, which Goodale repeatedly cited as the reason for the settlement, was on whether the government owed him compensation for having violated his Charter rights. One other thing to note: The Supreme Court officially ruled in 2010 that governments could be sued for violating an individual's Charter rights. THE EXPERTS Legal experts were generally in agreement that the government had little chance of defending against Khadr's lawsuit. "The Supreme Court of Canada has already ruled that the government breached Khadr's Charter rights," said University of Ottawa law professor Bruce Feldthusen. "This cannot be re litigated. It is a given. So there is no possibility of 'winning' the case on the grounds the government did not violate his rights." Lorne Sossin, dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, was a little more circumspect, noting that there are always unknowns when it comes to how lawsuits play out. However, he said, "in this case, the government certainly faced an uphill battle." The government may have been able to defend against the charges of negligence and conspiracy, which weren't tested by the Supreme Court, said criminal lawyer Michael Spratt of Abergel, Goldstein and Partners LLP.
"But (Goodale is) right in terms of the Charter action: That issue has already been decided by the court," Spratt said. "So in terms of litigation with respect to the Charter breaches, that issue has already been decided and there is no chance of success with respect to that.".
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