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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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Sami al Saadi's rendition and legal battle

Here is a summary of what is known about the rendition and legal battle of Sami al Saadi and his family:

  • Mr al Saadi and his family were put on a plane in Hong Kong and taken to Libya where they were imprisoned in 2004.
  • Mr al Saadi was held and tortured for a number of years, including spending 14 months in solitary confinement.
  • Following the fall of Colonel Gaddafi's regime in 2011, documents found in a Government building pointed at British and American involvement in the rendition.

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