AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
LONDON: Two Libyans who claim Britain’s complicity in their torture by Moammer Gadhafi’s regime are taking legal action against former British foreign secretary Jack Straw, their lawyers said today.
Abdelhakim Belhaj, who became Tripoli’s military commander after the Libyan leader was ousted in last year’s revolution, and fellow Gadhafi opponent Sami al-Saadi claim British involvement in their illegal rendition in 2004.
Their lawyers said legal papers have been served on Straw following media reports that he approved the men’s capture and transfer to Gadhafi’s Libya while he was foreign secretary under Tony Blair’s Labour government.
“The civil action is against Mr Straw personally and seeks his response to allegations that he was complicit in torture and misfeasance in public office,” Leigh Day & Co solicitors said in a statement.