An American hero is reeling from a controversial decision to award an accused terrorist and former Guantanamo Bay detainee $8 million.
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Sgt. Layne Morris opened up to Inside Edition after the Canadian government handed Omar Khadr the massive check and an apology.
“It's unconscionable. It's baffling,” he said.
Morris adding that the amount of money was “absolutely” way too much, adding, “This is a young man who is a dedicated, committed, and proven terrorist.”
Khadr, a Canadian citizen, fought against American forces in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15. During a firefight, he threw a grenade, killing Army medic Christopher Speer and blinding Sgt. Morris in one eye.
He was captured and taken to Guantanamo Bay, where he pleaded guilty to war crimes but is appealing the conviction. Khadr sued the Canadian government, claiming he was tortured and that his rights were violated.
Last week, the Canadians made a deal with Khadr, and he was released from prison and handed an $8 million check.
He smiled for the cameras while apologized.
“I'm sorry for the pain I might cause the families of the victims and there's nothing I can do about the past, but I hope I can do something about the future,” he told reporters.
The payment is sparking intense reaction but Khadr's supporters say he was a child soldier when he threw that grenade and was not responsible for his actions.
Sgt. Morris is not buying that explanation.
“For this man to get reimbursed by the Canadian government because he had a hard time at Guantanamo, it’s unconscionable," he said.
A Canadian court awarded Christopher Speer's widow and Sgt. Morris more than $100 million in a wrongful death lawsuit, but both have yet to see any of that money.