Freeze Omar Khadr’s settlement funds, widow’s lawyer argues

A lawyer for the widow of the U.S. soldier allegedly killed by a grenade thrown by child soldier Omar Khadr will be in a Toronto courtroom on Thursday, arguing that Mr. Khadr’s controversial $10.5-million settlement from Ottawa should be frozen, so it will not be dissipated or given to his “extremist” family.

Written arguments were filed on Monday with the Ontario Superior Court by lawyer David Winer on behalf of his client Tabitha Speer, the widow of Sergeant Christopher Speer. Sgt. Speer was killed in the 2002 firefight in Afghanistan that ended with Mr. Khadr’s capture, at age 15. Also among the plaintiffs is Layne Morris, a U.S. soldier partially blinded in that battle.