Libyan dissidents launch action against UK government over rendition
Source: The Guardian
back to Libya in 2004 Lawyers representing two Libyan dissidents who were abducted and flown to Tripoli to be detained in one of Muammar Gaddafi's prisons have issued proceedings in the high court in London against the British government, the former foreign secretary Jack Straw and Sir Mark Allen, the former head of counter-terrorism at MI6.
Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his pregnant wife were abducted in Bangkok, allegedly tortured and then flown to Libya in March 2004, two weeks before Tony Blair paid his first visit to Gaddafi and declared that they had found common cause in the fight against terrorism.
Sami al-Saadi, his wife and four children –the youngest a girl aged six –were detained in Hong Kong before being bundled aboard an aircraft and "rendered" to Libya two days after Blair's visit. Each man spent more than six years in custody.
.....Belhadj and other leaders of the LIFG fled to Afghanistan, and joined the Taliban. In 2002, after the 11 September attacks and Gaddafi's reconciliation with the west, an arrest warrant was issued for Belhadj by the Libyan authorities. ...