Libyan wins right to sue UK ex-minister for rendition

Abdelhakim Belhaj
Updated 17 January 2017

Libyan wins right to sue UK ex-minister for rendition

LONDON: A British court on Tuesday ruled that a former Libyan militant can sue a former foreign minister and an ex-MI6 officer over his rendition in a landmark case that could pave the way for more lawsuits.
“The Supreme Court unanimously dismisses the government’s appeals,” the court said in a statement.
“The cases may proceed to trial,” it said.
Abdelhakim Belhaj, a former fighter, later became Tripoli’s military commander after Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was ousted in 2011.
Belhaj has alleged that he and his wife were detained by US intelligence officers at Bangkok airport in Thailand in 2004 when he was leader of the anti-Qaddafi Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.
His wife was several months pregnant at the time.
The couple were then taken to Tripoli, where Belhaj was jailed for six years. Belhaj claims British involvement in his illegal rendition.
Files unearthed from Qaddafi’s archives after his fall suggest he was captured due to a British tip-off.
Belhaj’s case is against Jack Straw, who was Britain’s foreign minister in 2004, and Mark Allen, who was a senior MI6 counter-terrorism officer at the time, according to lawyers in the case.
Sapna Malik from the law firm Leigh Day said: “We hope that the defendants in this action now see fit to apologize to our clients and acknowledge the wrongs done so that they may turn the page on this wretched chapter of their lives and move on.”


Saudi Arabia condemns deadly Houthi mosque attack

Updated 14 min 12 sec ago

Saudi Arabia condemns deadly Houthi mosque attack

  • The Houthis attacked a mosque in a military camp in the central province of Marib

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry have condemned an attack by Houthi militia on a mosque in the Marib province of Yemen, killing 83 people, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.

The Houthis attacked a mosque in a military camp in the central province of Marib — about 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of the capital Sanaa — during evening prayers, military sources told AFP.

“We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on a mosque by the Houthi militias... which left more than 100 dead and dozens injured,” the Yemeni foreign ministry said on Twitter.

The victims were transported to a Marib city hospital, where a medical source earlier gave a toll of 83 dead and 148 injured.