Monday, September 5, 2011

Britain handed rebel to Gaddafi torturers: Devastating secret files in Libya reveal UK 'crossed the line' to prop up tyrant - 5th Sept 2011

Damning claims have emerged that Britain helped send a terror suspect into the bloody hands of Colonel Gaddafi.

A secret letter found in an abandoned Libyan government building appears to show that MI6 provided intelligence which led to the ‘rendition’ of a Libyan dissident who was then tortured horrifically.

Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who by a bitter irony is now a senior military commander in the rebel army, last night claimed British agents were among the first to question him in Tripoli, adding that he was very ‘surprised that the British got involved in what was a very painful period in my life’.

He said: ‘I wasn’t allowed a bath for three years and I didn’t see the sun for one year.

'They hung me from the wall and kept me in an isolation cell. I was regularly tortured.’

Astonishingly, the letter’s author appears desperate to take credit for Britain’s role, and fawning in his attitude to Musa Kusa, Gaddafi’s intelligence chief who was known as the regime’s ‘envoy of death’.

He writes: ‘This was the least we could do for you and for Libya to demonstrate the remarkable relationship we have built over recent years.’

The letter lays bare the startlingly close relationship between British spies and senior figures in the Gaddafi regime, and raises serious questions about whether the UK helped in one of the most controversial elements of the U.S. ‘war on terror’ – the illegal movement of prisoners around the world. Read More