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UK Involvement in Rendition of Qaddafi's Opponents to Libya

By May 3, 2012

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Abdel Hakim BelhajThe BBC has revealed new embarassing evidence of UK involvement in the rendition of Libyans suspected of terrorism to the regime of late Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi. The cozy relationship between the West and Qaddafi's secret police during the "war on terror" is of course no secret, but this is the first time a direct link has been established between British intelligence services and Musa Kusa, Qaddafi's spy chief.

A letter dated to 2004 has been discovered in Libya last year,  in which a senior MI6 officer congratulates his Libyan pals on the "arrival of the cargo". The "cargo" in question is no other than Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who last year worked with NATO in bringing down the Qaddafi's regime, and who heads the Tripoli Military Council!

Belhaj is suing the UK for its role in his extradition to Libya where he claims he was tortured. How ironic that without the UK turning on Qaddafi in 2011, Belhaj wouldn't become one of the most powerful men in Libya. More juicy detail to follow soon.

Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images.

Read more on Belhaj in my profile article, and see here for a gripping report on renditions to Libya published by The Guardian.


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