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VIDEO: Blackburn MP Jack Straw faces legal action over 'rendition'

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn MP Jack Straw faces legal action over 'rendition' Blackburn MP Jack Straw faces legal action over 'rendition'

A Libyan military commander is taking legal action against Jack Straw following allegations the former foreign secretary personally permitted his illegal rendition.

Lawyers representing Abdel Hakim Belhadj confirmed legal papers had been served on the Labour MP after reports suggested he had signed documents that allowed the rebel to be sent back to his homeland in 2004.

Mr Belhadj, 45, claims he had been living in exile in Beijing, China, before being detained with his wife Fatima while en route to the UK where they were trying to seek asylum. He alleges they were sent back to Libya - which was under the rule of Muammar Gaddafi - and imprisoned and tortured.

The civil action, which is against Mr Straw personally, seeks to examine his exact role in the rendition and claim damages from him for the trauma involved.

Mr Belhadj's lawyers Leigh Day & Co said they sent the MP a letter on Tuesday asking him to produce a number of documents. They include papers mentioned in a Sunday Times article which alleged that Mr Straw signed off the rendition, as well as his diaries, memoirs and notes from March 2004 onwards.

Sami Al Saadi, who claims to have shared the same fate as fellow Libyan and Gaddafi opponent Mr Belhadj, is also taking legal action against Mr Straw.

Mr Belhadj, a key military figure in the uprising that toppled Gaddafi last year, is already suing the Foreign Office and MI6. He alleges that he was tortured by Gaddafi's regime after being rendered back to Libya via British-controlled Diego Garcia in 2004.

The Metropolitan Police are already investigating the claims. British ministers have always denied any complicity in rendition or torture.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Mr Straw had been confronted about his alleged role by MI6.

Sapna Malik, a partner 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."

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9:23am Wed 18 Apr 12

New World Order. says...

Hung drawn and quartered comes to mind.Bye Jack.
Hung drawn and quartered comes to mind.Bye Jack. New World Order.
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9:26am Wed 18 Apr 12

Lifeinthemix says...

Well it is now the duty of all European countries to investigate this rendition fiasco, an agenda with one aim...to dirty this nation in the eyes of the world.

For that treason must be added to thie claim against all who took part in such insanity.

Bush had Jack to rights by sending Condelezza Rice to ensure Jack played along, he did after all look rather child like in her hands at the time. :

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Well it is now the duty of all European countries to investigate this rendition fiasco, an agenda with one aim...to dirty this nation in the eyes of the world. For that treason must be added to thie claim against all who took part in such insanity. Bush had Jack to rights by sending Condelezza Rice to ensure Jack played along, he did after all look rather child like in her hands at the time. : https://www.lifeinth emix.info/2012/03/eu -countries-investiga te-complicity-cia-re nditions/ Lifeinthemix
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10:28am Wed 18 Apr 12

Jack Herer says...

Oh well, you get in bed with the devil, you have to expect repercussions.

I bet Jack Straw doesn't love his best mate Tony Blair as much as he used to.

You only have yourself to blame Jack. If you cannot stand up for decency and what's right when your friend is in charge, when can you? Were you told it was a noble lie? A noble injustice? It wasn't was - it was gung ho bullies trampling over poor victims in foreign countries on the whole,whilst morals went out of the window. Looking at Tony Blair now, it all looks like it was for selfish self serving interests as well.

Going along with them was not only condoning their despicable actions Jack, it was also implicating you in them as well.
Oh well, you get in bed with the devil, you have to expect repercussions. I bet Jack Straw doesn't love his best mate Tony Blair as much as he used to. You only have yourself to blame Jack. If you cannot stand up for decency and what's right when your friend is in charge, when can you? Were you told it was a noble lie? A noble injustice? It wasn't was - it was gung ho bullies trampling over poor victims in foreign countries on the whole,whilst morals went out of the window. Looking at Tony Blair now, it all looks like it was for selfish self serving interests as well. Going along with them was not only condoning their despicable actions Jack, it was also implicating you in them as well. Jack Herer
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10:42am Wed 18 Apr 12

dreamerbfc says...

Good to see justice in action eh Jack? This isn't before time. Only a pity you and TB can't be tried for lying to the British public over those WMD that never existed in Iraq eh ?
Good to see justice in action eh Jack? This isn't before time. Only a pity you and TB can't be tried for lying to the British public over those WMD that never existed in Iraq eh ? dreamerbfc
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12:27pm Wed 18 Apr 12

tntoast says...

well Jack that' a stab in the back for you
well Jack that' a stab in the back for you tntoast
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1:10pm Wed 18 Apr 12

sen c bl says...

Salim Mulla, distance yourself from this man.
Salim Mulla, distance yourself from this man. sen c bl
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3:30pm Wed 18 Apr 12

mavrick says...

War criminals be warned there is no hiding place. now where does condilesa rice live?
There is a place called traitors gate next to the thames in London. I wonder what we could possibly use it for?
War criminals be warned there is no hiding place. now where does condilesa rice live? There is a place called traitors gate next to the thames in London. I wonder what we could possibly use it for? mavrick
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4:15pm Wed 18 Apr 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

sen c bl wrote:
Salim Mulla, distance yourself from this man.
Oh look I've been deleted again for saying mulla is a thief.
[quote][p][bold]sen c bl[/bold] wrote: Salim Mulla, distance yourself from this man.[/p][/quote]Oh look I've been deleted again for saying mulla is a thief. Keep Darwen Green
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7:39pm Wed 18 Apr 12

sen c bl says...

Apologies for not coming clear enough.
I meant far worse.
Apologies for not coming clear enough. I meant far worse. sen c bl
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9:57pm Wed 18 Apr 12

M Foster says...

Music to my ears for this war criminal. Good luck to the complainant.
Music to my ears for this war criminal. Good luck to the complainant. M Foster
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9:58pm Wed 18 Apr 12

M Foster says...

Well past the time to get him off the payroll, LT!
Well past the time to get him off the payroll, LT! M Foster
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11:19pm Wed 18 Apr 12

FCBurnley says...

Everything thing comes to he who waits !

Looks like you are going down with The Rovers Jack
Everything thing comes to he who waits ! Looks like you are going down with The Rovers Jack FCBurnley
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