BC philanthropist plans to leave convicted terrorist Omar Khadr $700 in his will 0
Salt Spring Island resident Jack Hallam plans to leave $700 for the education of the 26-year-old Omar Khadr, sent back to Canada after 10 years in Guantanamo Bay.
A British Columbian philanthropist has planned on leaving convicted terrorist Omar Khadr money in his will. Salt Spring Island resident Jack Hallam has put $700 towards an education for the 26-year-old who has been sent back to Canada after spending 10 years in Guantanamo Bay.
“I have been concerned about the underdog in situations,” said Hallam from his Salt Spring home on Sunday. “From what I have read he wants to finish his education, he wants to be a doctor, he might become a paramedic. The $700 may buy him a few textbooks.”
The gift has garnered a lot of attention over the past few days. Hallam said most of the reaction has been positive although one caller to his home rudely demanded Hallam give him money as well.
This isn’t the only gift the 84-year-old has given to young people hoping to pursue education, with bursaries currently endowed at Lakehead University, Brock University and the University of Toronto. Hallam has planned on leaving money in his will to more than 40 organizations.
“I don’t believe Omar Khadr got a fair trial; he got horrible treatment. I think the trial in the United States was a trumped up kangaroo court,” added Hallam.
In October 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty in Guantanamo Bay to five war crimes, including the murder of Christopher Speer. Khadr was born in Toronto and was granted a request to serve the rest of his sentence in Canada.
Hallam expects the money will have to be sent to Khadr’s lawyers because once he is released from Millhaven prison in Kingston, his location will be kept from the public.
“I don’t think I will ever meet him. I did send him an email, but I haven’t had a response,” the 84-year old added.
Khadr’s transfer was met by huge opposition and a number of donations to Speer’s family in a campaign spurred by Sun News Network host Ezra Levant. So far, more than $30,000 has been donated.