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Tony Blair has ‘no recollection’ of Libyan dissident’s rendition.

By   April 11th 2012.  Find Full Article Here:-

Blair, who was PM when Abdel Hakim Belhaj was handed to Gaddafi’s regime, defends Britain’s co-operation with Libya.

Tony Blair, prime minister at the time MI6 rendered Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a prominent Libyan dissident, to the Gaddafi regime in 2004, has said he had “no recollection” of the incident.

But he said he was sure the operation would be investigated “as it should be”.

Interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme, Blair added that it should be remembered that “people in the Middle East were also trying to fight terrorism and extremism”. Britain’s co-operation with Libya at the time was important, the former prime minister said.

He referred to comments made by the then foreign secretary, Jack Straw, who said the government had been opposed to unlawful rendition. “As far as I know [the government] kept to that position,” Blair said.

Straw has said: “We were opposed to unlawful rendition. We were opposed to any use of torture. Not only did we not agree with it; we were not complicit in it and nor did we turn a blind eye to it.”

However, Straw has added: “No foreign secretary can know all the details of what its intelligence agencies are doing at any one time.”

Blair told the World at One: “Our security services do a very difficult job in very difficult circumstances. I’m sure the matter will be investigated as it should be.”

The US is preventing MPs from seeing evidence of British involvement in the CIA’s practice of secretly sending terror suspects to prisons where they faced torture.

Steve Bell on Tony Blair and rendition – cartoon  April 12th 2012.

Steve Bell cartoon

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