(LONDON) Government apologies to Libyan Abdul Hakim Belhaj on Thursday over a ‘ tip-off by M16 ‘ that led to his torture by Gaddafis forces and Theresa May agrees compensation to his wife of £500,000 speaking in the Commons, Attorney General Jeremy Wright said UK actions had contributed to the couple’s capture #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – May.10: The UK government has apologised to a Libyan dissident and his wife after its actions contributed to their detention, transfer to Libya and his torture by Colonel Gaddafi’s forces in 2004: Prime Minister Theresa May said Abdul Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar had suffered “appalling treatment”…………The government will pay Ms Boudchar, who was pregnant at the time, £500,000………Mr Belhaj says MI6 helped the US kidnap the couple in Thailand in 2004 to return them to Libya……..Once there, Mr Belhaj alleges he was tortured by his Libyan jailers……….Speaking in the Commons, Attorney General Jeremy Wright said UK actions had contributed to the couple’s capture……..Mr Wright added that Mr Belhaj had not sought and would not receive financial compensation………Reading out Theresa May’s letter to the couple in Parliament, Mr Wright said: “It is clear that you were both subjected to appalling treatment and that you suffered greatly, not least to the dignity of Mrs Boudchar, who was pregnant at the time………”The UK government believes your accounts. Neither of you should have been treated this way. The UK government’s actions contributed to your detention, rendition and suffering. The UK government shared information about you with its international partners.” Mrs May also wrote in the letter that the UK “should have done more to reduce the risk” of the pair being mistreated……….She continued: “We accept this was a failing on our part. On behalf of Her Majesty’s government, I apologise unreservedly.” ………A leading opponent of the then Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Mr Belhaj says he was abducted in Bangkok – along with his wife, then five-months pregnant – while attempting to fly to London to claim asylum in the UK……..Mr Belhaj was jailed upon his return to the country, while Moroccan-born Ms Boudchar was released shortly before giving birth……..Once regarded by Western intelligence services as a terrorism suspect, Mr Belhaj alleges he was questioned by British intelligence officers during his detention #AceNewsDesk reports

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Abdul Hakim Belhaj led an Islamic fighting group against the Libyan government

Mr Belhaj was born in 1966 in the Souq al-Jumaa area of Tripoli and studied at al-Fateh University, where press reports say he earned a civil engineering degree………….He became an opponent of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi and commanded the now defunct Libyan Islamic Fighting Group which staged a low-level insurgency war and three times attempted to assassinate Col Gaddafi………..He fled the country in 2001 but was arrested three years later in Thailand and was returned to Libya by, he says, the CIA………..He then spent six years in prison where he says he was tortured regularly. Mr Belhaj is now a politician in Libya:

Attorney General Geremy Wright says Prime Minister Theresa May has written to Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj to apologise for the UK’s role in his rendition to Libya in 2004 and has agreed to pay his wife £500,000 in damages — Sky News Breaking May 10, 2018: https://t.me/acebreakingnews/744428 after UK government apologises to Libyan Abdul Hakim Belhaj who said an MI6 tip-off led to his torture by Gaddafi’s forces https://t.co/YAzj6yICZg— BBC Breaking News May 10, 2018: https://t.me/acebreakingnews/744637

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