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3 Men tortured after being "wrongly accused" of terrorism get compensated with $24.6m

The government of Canada has paid heavy compensation to three men who were seriously tortured after they were wrongly accused of being terrorists.

Canada settled a lawsuit with the three citizens wrongly accused of terror links and tortured in Syria and Egypt for 31.5 million canadian dollars (US$24.6 million).

According to AFP, local media reports that the men identified as - Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin - had been arrested and tortured just after the 9/11 attacks.

They were later released in 2004 without charges before returning to Canada. They were proclaimed and sued the government for Can$100 million over its role in their detention.

A 2008 inquiry led by retired Supreme Court judge Frank Iacobucci concluded that Canada’s spy agency and federal police force had been “indirectly” responsible for the three men’s mistreatment.

Canada’s CBC news network last year obtained exclusive documents showing that Canadian officials had fed Syrian officials questions they asked the men who were detained and tortured.

Almost a decade after the independent inquiry, the government formally apologized to the trio in March “for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to their detention and mistreatment abroad and any resulting harm.”

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