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Abdel Hakim Belhaj.

This is shameful and shocking, and reflects badly on the New Labour government of Tony Blair.

This Writer could not justify criticism of the current government’s diabolical human rights abuses without also condemning abuses exposed about a previous government.

The fact that I am no fan of Tony Blair’s foreign policy makes it easier, too.

But I will ask this: Would Theresa May have been so keen to admit government wrongdoing if it had been her own government, and not one run by a rival party?

I would suggest not. And I notice that the UK taxpayer is picking up the bill once again.

Still – she has apologised, and has accepted that it was wrong that the UK Government contributed to the detention, rendition and suffering of Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Bouchard; shared information about them with its international partners; and missed opportunities to relieve their plight.

The actions of her own government may be judged by the same standard.

The British Government has accepted it played a role in the rendition and torture of a Libyan man who was kidnapped and held by Colonal Gadaffi’s forces.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj, 52, and his wife Fatima Bouchard claimed they were returned to the brutal regime in 2004 through a joint M16-CIA operation following Tony Blair’s infamous “deal in the desert” with the Libyan dictator.

Source: The British Government has admitted it played a role in the kidnap and torture of a man in Libya – Mirror Online


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