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'Tortured' Libyan rebel leader could win ?1mln compensation from UK

London , Tue, 06 Sep 2011 ANI

London, Sept 6 (ANI): The Libyan rebel leader, who claims to have been tortured after being handed over to Gaddafi's regime by Britain and the US, is likely to win one million compensation from UK.


Abdel Hakim Belhadj was arrested by the CIA secretly handed over to the Gaddafi's henchmen. He has now vowed to sue Britain for helping to snatch him in 2004, the Daily Mail reports.


Belhadj claimed that he was forced to take truth drugs and was left hanging by his wrists in a Tripoli cell as his interrogators demanded to know the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden.


He also said that at some point, he was questioned by a British agent.


According to secret documents the UK allowed his 'extraordinary rendition' via British territory Diego Garcia while 'selling' him to the Libyans.


Although Belhadj was plotting against Gaddafi, he was at the mercy of an alliance in which Britain and Libya were forging ever-closer ties culminating in Tony Blair's infamous 'Deal in the Desert,' the report said.


He was handed over to Gaddafi's regime in 2004 and claimed that they incarcerated him in Tripoli's infamous Abu Salim prison for seven years.


Belhadj is likely to sue Britain, rather than the CIA, because the Human Rights Act makes it easier for him, the paper said.


Belhadj, who ran a group called the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, denied having any link to Al Qaeda, but in 2004 he was listed as a suspected terrorist who the security services believed had met Bin Laden. (ANI)


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