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Lawyers urge UK court to reject Libyan commander’s rendition case

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Lawyers for the UK government urged the High Court that a case of a former Libyan dissident and his wife, who claim to have a proof that the British intelligence service has a role in their rendition to Tripoli, must be stopped, a news website reported Monday.

Abdul-Hakim Belhaj, who is currently the leader of the conservative Islamist al-Watan Party in Libya, is suing former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Sir Mark Allen, ex-head of counter-terrorism at the intelligence service, MI6, BBC reported.

Belhaj said MI6 has facilitated his rendition and his wife’s to Tripoli during rule of slain dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

“We have welcomed this step and learned that law was charting its course, and we have to see a result,” Belhaj told Al Arabiya after the High Court heard his case on Monday.

Abdul-Hakim Belhaj claims to have a proof against MI6.

Belhaj, who was a leading Qaddafi opponent, said he and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, were in hiding in East Asia in 2004 but because of MI6’s collaboration with Qaddafi’s regime, they were abducted and brought back to Tripoli where they were imprisoned and tortured.

He said MI6 shared intelligence with the Libyan former regime and the U.S. over his whereabouts.

After the fall of Qaddafi’s regime in 2011, documents, showing faxes being sent in March 2004 from MI6 to their counterparts in Tripoli, were discovered.