Libyan claims UK role in rendition
A Libyan Islamist has reportedly claimed that he and his family were imprisoned after being "rendered" in an operation MI6 set up with Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence services.
Sami al-Saadi claims in The Guardian that they were flown from Hong Kong to Tripoli where they were jailed shortly ahead of Tony Blair's first visit to the despot.
Mr Saadi said he is considering suing the Government, claiming he was interrogated under torture while his family was held in a nearby cell.
He told the newspaper: "They handcuffed me and my wife on the plane, my kids and wife were crying all the way. It was a very bad situation. My wife and children were held for two months, and psychologically punished. The Libyans told me that the British were very happy."
It follows claims earlier this week that the UK was involved in the rendition of another Libyan Islamist Abdel Hakim Belhaj, now a leading figure in the rebel forces.
Mr Saadi, a leading member of a Libyan mujahideen group who is also known as Emir Abu Munthir, was held for six years and claims he was regularly beaten, according to the Guardian.
Former Libyan foreign minister Musa Kusa, who defected to Britain earlier this year, was said to have visited him.
Mr Saadi said: "He (Kusa) told me: 'You've been running from us, but since 9/11 I can pick up the phone and call MI6 or the CIA and they give us all the information we want on you. You've nowhere to hide'."
Evidence is said to be contained in British diplomatic papers that came to light last week.
The Foreign Office said it was an "intelligence matter", adding: "Our position is that it is the Government's long standing policy not to comment on intelligence matters."