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Former U.K. Minister Asked to Reveal Role in Libya Rendition

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April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Former U.K. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has been asked to explain his role in the rendition of a Libyan military commander who was tortured by Muammar Qaddafi’s regime, according to a law firm representing the man.

Straw has been served with a letter requesting documents following an article in the Sunday Times alleging he approved British agents helping the then Libyan government, according to Abdel Hakim Belhadj’s law firm Leigh Day & Co.

“If the former foreign secretary does not now own up to his role in this extraordinary affair, he will need to face the prospect of trying to defend his position in court,” said lawyer Sapna Malik in an e-mailed statement.

The London-based law firm is representing Belhadj in his claim against the British government and its security forces, which he alleges was complicit in his rendition via the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia in March 2004 and subsequent torture in Libya.

Straw’s office in Parliament declined to comment on the matter.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kit Chellel in London at cchellel@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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