Libyan rebel suing UK over alleged rendition role

LONDON—A legal action charity says the head of Tripoli’s military council is suing Britain and its security forces for their alleged role in his rendition in 2004.

London-based group Reprieve says Abdel-Hakim Belhaj and his wife were handed over to U.S. authorities for rendition to Libya in 2004, when they tried to seek asylum in Britain.

It says the couple, who then lived in Beijing, were forced on planes that took them to what was believed to be a secret U.S. prison where they were abused. The couple were then imprisoned in Libyan jails.

Sapna Malik, a lawyer representing Belhaj and his wife, says it appeared Britain “was responsible for setting off this torturous chain of events.”

Reprieve said Monday it was providing legal support for the case.

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