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Jack Straw being sued for part in illegal rendition

Abdel Hakim Belhadj, a Libyan military commander, is taken legal action against former foreign secretary, Jack Straw.

Legal papers have been served on the Labour MP following reports that he had personally permitted the illegal rendition of Belhadj, signing the documents that allowed him to be sent back to his homeland in 2004.

Belhadj claims that he had been living in exile in China before his wife and he were detained whilst en route to the UK to seek asylum. He says that they were sent back to Libya, via British-controlled Diego Garcia, where they were imprisoned and tortured under the rule of Gaddafi. He is also suing the Foreign Office and MI6.

The civil action launched against Jack Straw personally, is seeking to examine his exact role in the rendition and claim damages for the trauma suffered.

Sami Al Saadi claims that he suffered the same fate as Belhadj, and is also taking legal action against Jack Straw.

The Metropolitan Police are already investigating the claims. British ministers have always denied any complicity in rendition or torture.

Swain & Co. welcome this move, believing that in a democracy there needs to be honesty, openness and accountability in relation to the way people are treated. Governments need to have effective controls over the security service and what is done in the name of and on behalf of the government. Human rights must come before political expediency.

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