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Libyan dissidents sue MI6 officer over abduction and torture claims

Publié par Clifford Armion le 31/01/2012

Richard Norton-Taylor and Ian Cobain

Two prominent Libyan dissidents are suing a former senior MI6 officer in a move which could expose the role of ministers in the men's abduction to Tripoli, where they say they were tortured by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's secret police.

Lawyers for Abdul Hakim Belhaj and Sami al-Saadi have served a claim on Sir Mark Allen, the MI6 officer at the centre of the affair. They are suing Allen, then the most senior officer in MI6 responsible for counter-terrorism, alleging "complicity in torture" and "misfeasance in public office".

Whitehall officials have repeatedly defended MI6's actions, saying the agency was following "ministerially authorised government policy."

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"Libyan dissidents sue MI6 officer over abduction and torture claims", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2012. Consulté le 23/09/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/libyan-dissidents-sue-mi6-officer-over-abduction-and-torture-claims