Do not be duped. Belhaj rendered by the MI5/MI6/CIA to Libya –> interrogated by UK and US officials in Libya–> Belhaj partners with NATO during Libyan Civil War –> Belhaj is head of the Tripoli Military Council. Many ?????
A letter from an MI6 officer refers to Abdel Hakim Belhaj’s rendition to Libya. It congratulates the Libyans on the “safe arrival” of the “air cargo”.
Mr Belhaj says he was tortured in jail. Successive UK governments have denied complicity in rendition or torture.
But the letter suggests M16 involvement – and the BBC understands authorisation was given by the Labour government.
The letter from the senior MI6 officer, Sir Mark Allen, to Col Gaddafi’s intelligence chief, Musa Kusa, was found last year in the rubble of Musa Kusa’s headquarters, which were bombed by Nato.
As well as congratulating the Libyans on the arrival of the “cargo”, it points out that “the intelligence was British”.
The letter was sent in 2004 when Mr Belhaj was the leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.
MI5 believed the group was close to al-Qaeda and involved in recruiting young Muslims in Britain to fight in Iraq………………..
Mr Belhaj – now a senior military commander in the new Libya that Britain helped create – is suing MI6 and the British government, accusing them of complicity in his illegal rendition and alleged torture.
He says he believes he was rendered from Bangkok to Libya by the CIA.
The Metropolitan Police is also investigating his allegations.
Mr Belhaj worked with NATO as one of the leaders of the forces that helped overthrow Col Muammar Gaddafi.
But he claims that during his more than four years in prison he was interrogated by agents from countries including the UK and US.