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Libya military commander sues UK over rendition

Libya military commander sues UK over rendition
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Another lawsuit related to illegal rendition has been filed against a British official by the head of the military wing of Libya’s transitional council in Tripoli, Abdel Hakim Belhadj.

The latest legal action is being taken against the Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia, with Belhadj claiming the island was part of the route used to transport him from Thailand, back into the hands of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2004.

Belhadj is also suing a former head of British counter-terrorism organisation MI6, the UK government and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

Straw, who served in the Labour government under then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, has been accused of approving Belhadj’s rendition.

Straw said he was unable to comment because of an ongoing police investigation.

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