Canada quietly paid out $2.8 million last year to settle dozens of human rights lawsuits. More than half of that was made up by one payment — $1.7 million to Benamar Benatta.
In 2007 Benatta sued the Canadian government, alleging racial profiling, wrongful imprisonment and abuse of process. This March the two sides settled the lawsuit. The details were kept secret.
Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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