Canadian Gov. enrages Canadians with large payouts to foreign nationals

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The federal government has paid settlements totalling just over $31 million to three men falsely accused of links to terror groups, then imprisoned and tortured in Syria in the early 2000s.

Ottawa announced earlier this year that it had settled with Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin.

None of the three men has ever been charged with any terror-related offence. They have all denied ever participating in any terror activity.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland also formally apologized last winter to the three “for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to their detention and mistreatment abroad and any resulting harm.”

The exact amount of the financial payout was not known until earlier this month when it was listed in the government’s public accounts.

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