UK pays Libyan $3.5m over rendition

2012-12-13 20:19
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London - Lawyers say a Libyan military commander and his family have accepted £2.2m from the British government to settle a claim that the UK approved their rendition to face imprisonment by Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

Sami al-Saadi had been suing the British government and spy agency MI6 over their alleged role in his 2004 abduction and transfer to Libya, where he says he was tortured. His wife and four children were also unwillingly sent to Libya.

Britain's Foreign Office confirmed the settlement, but not the amount. It said "there has been no admission of liability and no finding by any court of liability."

In a statement issued Thursday by law firm Leigh Day and Co, al-Saadi said he was accepting the settlement because "my family has suffered enough."

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