Cameron must use Libya visit to apologise for rendition of Gaddafi opponents

January 31, 2013

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Commenting on the Prime Minister’s visit to Libya, Reprieve legal director, Cori Crider said:

“What a perfect opportunity for Cameron to come clean about the past decade of torture of anti-Gaddafi activists and their families, when the UK security services were there in the shadows.

“In 2004, UK intelligence services helped kidnap Abdelhakim Belhadj and Sami al-Saadi, two senior Gaddafi opponents, along with their wives and young children, and delivered them into the hands of the Colonel’s brutal regime.

“Yet the Government refuses to acknowledge it has done anything wrong.  Worse still, it is trying to introduce secret courts which will prevent such abuses coming to light in future.

“The Prime Minister has said ‘sunshine is the best disinfectant’. He should live up to his principles, and apologise for these disgraces.  He must ditch the Secret Courts Bill, which is nothing short of a tool-kit for cover-ups.”