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article imageTortured Libyan will accept apology and £3 from British gov

By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 4, 2013 in World
A prominent former member of the U.S. designated terrorist group Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, who is suing the British government over rendition to a Gaddafi prison where he was tortured, is wiling to drop the suit in return for £3 and an apology.
Libyan Abdel Hakim Belhaj is suing the British government for £1 million over Ml6 involvement in his rendition to Libya, where he was subjected to torture in a Gaddafi prison. There are no reports that he is taking legal action against the U.S. government which Belhaj alleges were also complicit in his rendition.
According to Alarabiya Belhaj and his wife Fatima Boudchar are now willing to drop the legal case. Belhaj has sent a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, former foreign secretary Jack Straw, and former head of Ml6 Mark Allen, saying:
“I am making an open offer to settle our litigation. My wife and I are willing to end our case against the UK Government and Messrs Straw and Allen in exchange for a token compensation of a British pound from each defendant, an apology and an admission of liability for what was done to us.”
Belhaj was released in 2009, after six years in prison, in a deal brokered by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the murdered leader, in return for LIFG members renouncing violence. Following his release from prison Belhaj played a prominent role in the violent conflict which ousted Gaddafi, rising to the rank of Military Commander of Tripoli.
Belhaj has been assisted in his suit against the British government by human rights group Reprieve. They report Belhaj has written:
"Various media reports I have seen suggest that our motive for bringing this case is to enrich ourselves. I wish to lay this misconception to rest. It is certainly true that my wife and I suffered deeply during our kidnap and in Libya…But we have come to court in Britain because we believe your courts can deliver justice.
It seems the UK Government wants our case to be heard in secret. I have been a victim of a secret trial before, in Gaddafi’s Libya…I have seen press reports of ministers seeking to justify secret trials on the basis that the government has to pay large settlements to protect national security. You can now settle this case at little cost to the UK taxpayer.”
In December 2012 Digital Journal reported the British government agreed an out-of-court settlement of £2.2 million to Belhaj's LIFG compatriot Sami al-Saadi over their part in Saadi's rendition to Libya.
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