UK £2m Libya rendition payout

The Government has agreed to pay more than £2m to the family of a Libyan dissident after accepting its role in his illegal rendition. Sami al Saadi was imprisoned and tortured after he was forced to board a plane back to Tripoli in 2004.

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Abdul Hakim Belhaj vows to continue legal battle

Abdul Hakim Belhaj claims he was handed over to Libyan authorities by the CIA in 2004 Credit: REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Another alleged victim of illegal rendition, the Libyan military commander Abdul Hakim Belhaj, has said supports Mr al Saadi's decision to reach a settlement. He said:

"I understand and support his [Sami al Saadi's] decision to provide his family with security, pay for his medical care, and support other victims of torture.

"I intend to fight to ensure the truth is told. I have said before, and I say again now, my wife and I will not allow the truth to be concealed."

"We look forward to giving evidence at trial, and seeing those responsible for our torture and that of Sami and his family held to account."

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