Abdel Hakim Belhadj was put on a CIA “rendition” flight to Tripoli, where he says he was repeatedly tortured, after British intelligence officers provided information on his movements.
Mr Belhadj, who is now a leader of the rebel forces that have ousted Gaddafi, has demanded an apology from Britain for its part in the “illegal” 2004 operation and has suggested he might sue the Government.
Jack Straw, the foreign secretary at the time, denied any knowledge of the incident, and tried to shift the blame on to MI6 saying: “No foreign secretary can know all the details of what its intelligence agencies are doing.”
But Whitehall sources responded by saying the involvement of MI6 in tipping off the Libyans had “ministerial approval”.
David Cameron said the “significant accusations” would be investigated as part of the inquiry into the alleged torture of detainees, which is being carried out by Sir Peter Gibson, a retired judge. The Prime Minister also acknowledged concerns that the British and Libyan security services had become “too close” and suggested Tony Blair was too “credulous” with regards to the Gaddafi regime.
The lengthy rap sheet of Jack Straw and his family: http://eotp.org/?s=jack+straw&x=0&y=0
A Libyan military commander is taking legal action against Jack Straw, to find out if the ex-foreign secretary signed papers allowing his rendition.
Abdel Hakim Belhadj claims CIA agents took him from Thailand to Gaddafi-led Libya, via UK-controlled Diego Garcia.
His lawyers have served papers on Mr Straw after the Sunday Times reported claims that he allowed this to happen.
UK ministers have denied any complicity in rendition or torture and Mr Straw did not comment further.
He said he could not do so because of the ongoing police investigation into the UK’s alleged role in illegal rendition.
Earlier this month, the BBC revealed that the UK government had approved the rendition of Mr Belhadj and his wife – Fatima Bouchar – to Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, though it was unclear at what level.
On 15 April, the Sunday Times published an article, which quoted sources as alleging Mr Straw had personally authorised Mr Belhadj’s rendition to Libya.
On Tuesday, Mr Belhadj’s lawyers – Leigh Day & Co – served papers on Mr Straw, referencing the article and seeking his response to allegations that he was complicit in torture and misfeasance in public office.
The civil action is against Mr Straw personally – Mr Belhadj’s lawyers believe it is the first time legal action of this kind has been taken against a former foreign secretary.
Mr Belhadj and his wife allege Mr Straw was complicit in the “torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, batteries and assaults” which they say were perpetrated on them by Thai and US agents, as well as the Libyan authorities.
They are seeking damages from Mr Straw for the trauma involved.
Maverick award winning filmmakers Bill Maloney and Lilly Starr expose Jack Straw clearly lying about children in care – Hear Straws lies on tape!
In the lead up to the general election 2010 the Sun newspaper has introduced a regular slot for a London Black Cabbie to ask major politicians questions from ‘the man on the street’. The Cabbie happens to be a personal friend of Bill Maloney who trained him to act almost five years ago. Last week Jack Straw took the back seat in the London cab and answered a number of questions. The Cabbie had recently seen and been outraged by a video report by Maloney and was keen to hear Jack Straws answer to this question:
Cabbie: “JACK! I HAD THIS FILMMAKER BILL MALONEY IN THE BACK OF MY CAB YESTERDAY. HE’S DOING A DOCUMENTARY ON CHILD ABUSE AND HE TOLD ME THAT LAST YEAR YOU CHANGED A LAW SO THAT IS NOW MAKES IT ILLEGAL FOR CHILDREN IN CARE TO SPEAK OUT, EVEN IF THEY FEEL THEY ARE BEING MALTREATED – IS THAT RIGHT JACK?”
Jack Straw: “NO! NO! …….. ONE HAS SO MUCH TO REMEMBER, OCCASIONALLY YOU HAVE MEMORY LAPSES AND I THINK I WOULD HAVE REMEMBERED THAT!”
Watch the full report to believe it. BILL MALONEY POINTS THE FINGER DIRECTLY AT JACK STRAW.
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