Detainees claimed physical and mental injuries in settlement believed to be worth tens of millions of dollars

The Australian government has settled a class action with more than 1,900 Manus Island detainees and will pay damages believed to be in excess of $100m.

Lawyers for the detainees told the Victorian supreme court in Melbourne on Wednesday that they have reached a settlement with the Australian government and the operators of the Manus Island regional processing centre.

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