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Libyan told he cannot pursue rendition claim in case it harms UK interests

Posted on December 20th, 2013 at 19:00 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


A prominent Libyan dissident cannot pursue his “well-founded” claim that he was unlawfully abducted in a joint MI6-CIA operation, and later tortured, because to do so would damage Britain’s relations with the US, a high court judge ruled on Friday.

The judge ruled that Abdel Hakim Belhaj could not sue MI6 and the former foreign secretary Jack Straw, even though he admitted that parliamentary oversight and police investigations were “not adequate substitutes” for a decision by a court of law.

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