Friday Dec 14, 201202:11 PM GMT
Britain pays off Libyan torture victim for rendering him to Tripoli
Sami Saadi and his daughter
Sami Saadi and his daughter
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:11PM
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Britain has agreed to pay £2.2 million to Libyan torture victim Sami Saadi, who was kidnapped with the help of MI6 and secretly rendered to Tripoli, the capital city of Libya.


In Tripoli, the victim was brutally tortured by the agents of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi, local media reported.

The leading Gaddafi opponent, who had sought for years to avoid the agents of the Libyan dictator, said he took the payment to avoid putting his family through the stress of a long trial as well as paying for his medical treatment.

Saadi was forced on board in Hong Kong in 2004 with his wife and four children. Saadi and his family were flown to Tripoli, where all of them were initially imprisoned.

Saadi was then tortured for years before the Qaddafi regime was toppled in a people’s revolution and following intervention by the UK and US, said legal charity Reprieve, who were involved in his case.

The charity said Britain’s role only came to light in 2011 after Gaddafi was ousted from power.

Correspondence between the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Libyan intelligence was then found by Human Rights Watch in the office of Gaddafi's former spy chief Moussa Koussa.

“We (CIA) are ... aware that your service had been cooperating with the British to effect (Saadi's) removal to Tripoli ... the Hong Kong Government may be able to coordinate with you to render (Saadi) and his family into your custody," Reprieve quoted the correspondence as saying.

The operation was arranged at the time of Tony Blair's infamous "deal in the desert", after which British secret agencies helped tracking down and handing over Libyan opponents.

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