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Straw 'must come clean' to families of Libyan rebels

Cori Crider, the legal director of Reprieve, said the public had the right to know how and why the government became complicit in the rendition of families, including children and a pregnant women, to Libya.

Jack Straw must come clean with Mr Belhadj, Mr al Saadi and their families. They deserve an apology for the appalling way they were treated.

It is now also totally unreasonable for the Government 'neither to confirm nor deny' its role in the al Saadi and Belhadj renditions. Yet this is their official position. What is left to be covered up, besides the reasons these terrible mistakes were made? The case needs to be fully examined - in the open.

– Cori Crider, legal director of Reprieve

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Belhadj wants an apology

The lawyers of Abdel Hakim Belhadj have said the reason he is taking legal action against former foreign Secretary Jack Straw is to seek an apology for what took place and "for the truth to be known."

Sapna Malik, parter at Leigh Day & Co said:

We have said all along that liability must follow the chain of command. These latest revelations bring us closer to that goal. If the former Foreign Secretary does not now own up to his role in this extraordinary affair, he will need to face the prospect of trying to defend his position in court.

– Sapna Malik, partner at Leigh Day & Co, representing Mr Al Saadi and Mr Belhadj

Straw 'personally permitted illegal rendition'

Jack Straw outside Downing Street
Jack Straw is facing a civil action to find out his exact role in the rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhadj Credit: REUTERS/Stephen Hird

The lawyers representing Libyan military commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj say they have sent Labour MP Jack Straw a letter to ask him to respond to reports that he personally signed documents that allowed Belhadj to be sent back to Libya in 2004.

Straw is facing similar legal action from fellow Libyan and Gaddafi opponent Sami Al Saadi who was also sent back into the hands of the regime in 2004.

Army chief seeking damages for 'torture' Libya

Abdel Hakim Belhadj, a Libyan military commander who is now the head of the Tripoli Military Council, is taking a civil action against former foreign secretary Jack Straw to examine his exact role in his rendition to Libya in 2004.

He says he was imprisoned and tortured when he was sent back to the country ruled by the Gaddafi regime. He is making a claim against Straw for damages from the trauma involved.

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