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British Torture Inquiry To Examine Libya Claims


Abdel-Hakim Belhadj

Abdel-Hakim Belhadj

Britain said it will examine allegations that the country was involved in rendition of terror suspects to Libya.

The move comes after papers suggesting close ties between British intelligence service MI6, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Qaddafi regime were found in Tripoli.

This apparent cooperation included the shipping of terror suspects to Libya for interrogation.

Among the files, documents were found suggesting both Britain and the United States were complicit in a plan that led to the detention and torture of a senior Libyan rebel commander, Abdel-Hakim Belhadj.

Belhaj, now military commander of Tripoli, has demanded an apology from both Britain and the United States.

Prime Minister David Cameron set up an inquiry commission in July 2010 to probe allegations that secret services were complicit in the torture of extremists on foreign soil after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The Gibson inquiry said in a statement today that it would "be considering these allegations of U.K. involvement in rendition to Libya as part of our work."

A spokesman for the prime minister said that the existing inquiry into rendition was "well placed" to investigate the allegations reported in recent days.

compiled from agency reports
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