Dr. Rafik Benaissa suing Canadian newspapers The Globe and Mail and La Presse.

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Dr. Rafik Benaissa, a Canadian orthopedic surgeon, has taken legal action against Canadian newspapers The Globe and Mail and La Presse. The suits allege both newspapers have published defamatory articles linking Dr. Rafik Benaissa to the SNC Lavalin scandal.

Dr. Rafik Benaissa, a Canadian orthopedic surgeon, has taken legal action against Canadian newspapers The Globe and Mail and La Presse.

The suits against The Globe and Mail and La Presse filed in the District of Montreal-Quebec Superior court for 10 and 5 million dollars respectively, allege both newspapers have published defamatory articles linking Dr. Rafik Benaissa to the SNC Lavalin scandal (Quebec Superior Court file number 500-17-073048-129 and 500-17-073214-127).

Dr. Rafik Benaissa is the brother of Riadh Ben Aissa, an executive dismissed from SNC Lavalin in February 2012 on the basis of "anonymous denunciations" and pressure from groups called "Quebecois pure laine", accusing Riadh Ben Aissa of improper payments and ties to the Kadhafi Family.

"Such allegations are false and Riadh Ben Aissa is just a hard working employee, but especially a scapegoat of a political change where SNC Lavalin intends to keep its multi-million dollars interests in Libya," according to Dr. Rafik Benaissa, who says he also intends to sue SNC Lavalin for the harm caused to his brother and to his family.

"My brother is just an exceptionally dedicated man who accomplished gigantic projects for SNC Lavalin in the world, projects which have allowed millions of people access to drinking water, and which saved lives. Absolutely nothing my brother has done that was unknown to the Board of SNC Lavalin."

"Unfortunately, when it comes to keeping money and business deals going, discrimination, lies, and injustice have sometimes no international limits," adds Dr. Rafik Benaissa.

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