Paying for terror: Compensation has history, starting with Omar Khadr's father

Omar Khadr. (Red Cross Photo)

Omar Khadr. (Red Cross Photo)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:12 PM ET

OTTAWA — If Omar Khadr's victims are successful in suing him for $44.7 million, it won't be the first time a terrorist has been held financially responsible for his crimes.

One of the early legal precedents was none other than Khadr's own father, Ahmed, who was sued successfully by the same plaintiffs 10 years ago in a case argued by the same lawyers.

"That was for a similar amount of money," Laura Tanner, one of the lawyers for the families of Khadr's victims told QMI Agency. "We were unable to collect because Ahmed is dead."

The wife of Christopher Speer, a U.S. Army combat medic who was killed after being hit by a grenade lobbed by Khadr, and Layne Morris, a retired American soldier who was blinded in one eye after shrapnel from the grenade severed his optic nerve, filed a their suit with the courts in Utah this week.

Tanner said an international terrorism statute allows "remedy for victims of crime that was conducted as criminal terrorism."

But one


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