Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Cameron calls for inquiry into ‘rendition’ allegations

British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for an independent inquiry into allegations that the British intelligence service MI6 was involved in the rendition of Libyan terror suspects.

CIA Documents discovered at an abandoned building in Tripoli suggest that MI6 worked with Libyan intelligence to forcibly move terror suspects to Libya, where they then may have been subjected to torture.

The secret documents suggest Britain facilitated the capture of Abdul Hakim Belhaj at Bangkok airport.

Belhaj, now military commander of Tripoli and NATO ally, was boarding a flight from Bangkok to London when he was apprehended by CIA agents and Thai officials. He was then rendered to Libya where he was visited by officials from various countries, including the UK and Germany.

He claims British officials knew he was being tortured but did nothing to help him.
“What happened to me and my family is illegal. It deserves an apology.” Belhaj said.

David Cameron made a statement in the British Parliament today, calling for a full inquiry into the allegations.

"We've asked the retired judge, Sir Peter Gibson, to examine issues around the detention and treatment of terrorist suspects overseas and this inquiry has already said it will look at these latest accusations very carefully.

"My concern throughout has been not only to remove any stain on Britain's reputation but also to deal with these accusations of malpractice so as to enable our security services to get on with the vital work that they do."

The Gibson inquiry was set up last year to investigate previous allegations of the UK’s complicity in torture and rendition.


We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.