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Libyan “al qaeda” commander to sue US/UK

Posted by seumasach on September 5, 2011


5th September, 2011

Senior Transitional National Council commander Abdul Hakim Belhadj demands an apology from the UK and US over their secret cooperation with Gaddafi regime.

Secret files found in Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence archives show that Belhadj was arrested by CIA agents in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, in 2004 and forcibly repatriated to Libya, Guardian reported on Sunday.

Belhadj told the Guardian that British spies were among the first to interrogate him after he was returned to Tripoli, and that he was very “surprised that the British got involved in what was a very painful period in my life”.

“I wasn’t allowed a bath for three years and I didn’t see the sun for one year,” Belhadj told the daily. “They hung me from the wall and kept me in an isolation cell. I was regularly tortured.”

The now top security commander in Tripoli, Belhadj said he was considering suing over the episode, which raises further damaging questions over Britain’s knowledge of the rendition and ill-treatment of prisoners.

Belhadj was released from the Libyan version of Abu Ghraib, Abu Selim prison, earlier this year after an amnesty announced by Gaddafi.

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