Another Libyan Details British ‘Rendition’ to Gadhafi Torture

British Spies 'Tricked' Former Gadhafi Foe

Already faced with angry demands for an apology by one of the Libyan rebels’ top military officials, the British government has another Libyan dissident coming forward to detail his rendition by British spies into Gadhafi custody.

The new dissident, Sami Saadi, is still in hospital in Tunisia recovering from his torture in Gadhafi’s prison system, says he was tricked by British spies into coming out of hiding.

Saadi, who lived for years in Britain before his opposition group was banned as a terrorist organization, was urged to report to the British Consulate in Hong Kong and told he and his family could return to Britain.

Instead, they were all arrested in the consulate and shipped to Libya, disappearing into the prison system. Though it is unclear they did so, the CIA offered to pay to charter the plane to ship him to Libya.

The British government insisted they received “assurances” from Gadhafi that Saadi would not be abused. Saadi says he plans to file a lawsuit against the British government for their role in his abuse.

Author: Jason Ditz

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