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article imageBritain pays former Libyan dissident £2.2 million over rendition

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 14, 2012 in World
The British government has agreed to make an out-of-court settlement of £2.2 million to a Libyan dissident who was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). He claimed MI6 was involved in his forcible rendition to Libya, where he was tortured
Sami al-Saadi and his family were forcibly transferred to Libya in 2004, where Al-Saadi was imprisoned and tortured during the Gaddafi regime. Al-Saadi, a member of LIFG, at the time a designated terrorist group, was in exile in England when his forcible rendition took place. His transfer was allegedly a joint MI6 - Libyan operation.
The British government have not admitted liability or confirmed MI6 were involved, instead settling out of court. According to the Saudi Gazette the British Foreign Office issued a statement saying: “There has been no admission of liability and no finding by any court of liability."
Al-Saadi still wants Britain to admit its role in his rendition. The Telegraph reported he said: "Even now, the British Government has never given an answer to the simple question: 'Were you involved in the kidnap of me, my wife and my children?' I think the payment speaks for itself. We will be donating a portion of the proceeds to support other Libyan torture victims."
Fellow LIFG member Abdel Hakim Belhaj was reportedly offered £1 million by the British government for his rendition to Libya at the hands of the CIA and MI6. The out of court settlements spare MI6 the embarrassment of appearing in court.
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