Abdel Hakim Belhadj

Abdel Hakim Belhadj

Date of Birth: 1 May 1966
Nationality: Libyan
Arrested: China, 2004
Current location: Libya


  1. Ten CIA rendition victims urge Obama to name them in Senate torture report

    Ten victims of CIA rendition and torture have signed an open letter to President Obama asking him to declassify the upcoming Senate report into the program. Two of the signatories – Abdel-Hakim Belhadj and Sami al-Saadi – were rendered with their entire families, including a pregnant woman and four children between the ages of six and twelve.

    29 August 2014

  2. Leaked US Government ‘talking points’ on Senate CIA torture report: Reprieve comment

    A White House document showing the State Department’s recommended ‘talking points’ on a major Senate report into CIA torture – the executive summary to which is expected to be declassified and released next week – has today been leaked to the Associated Press.

    31 July 2014

  3. Libyan renditions case in court as UK ‘lobbies for secrecy’ in key torture report

    The case brought by a husband and wife subjected to a 2004 ‘rendition,’ jointly organised by MI6, the CIA and Libyan intelligence, is being heard today by the Court of Appeal in London.

    21 July 2014

  4. Libyan dissident appeals to UK judges over MI6 rendition

    Richard Norton-Taylor, Guardian, 21/07/14.

    21 July 2014

  5. Questions for UK Government over claims “heavy weather” destroyed renditions evidence

    Claims made by the Government that possible evidence of UK involvement in renditions held in Diego Garcia was damaged by “extremely heavy weather” last month have been questioned by legal charity Reprieve, in the light of independent weather records suggesting there was no heavy rain during the period.

    17 July 2014

  6. Diego Garcia emails show UK Government is keeping renditions evidence from Parliament

    UK Foreign Office documents concerning the use of British territory by CIA 'rendition' flights show that ministers have been keeping key evidence in their possession from MPs, it has emerged.

    13 July 2014

  7. Diego Garcia renditions evidence “incomplete due to water damage” – UK Government

    Documents that could implicate British officials in the CIA's global rendition programme have been irretrievably damaged, the Foreign Office has claimed.

    09 July 2014

  8. Foreign Affairs Committee: UK must prevent US use of Diego Garcia for renditions

    The UK Foreign Affairs Committee has today called on the Government to restrict the use by the US of Diego Garcia, a British overseas territory, for renditions.

    19 June 2014

  9. Britain has tried to block release of US 'torture files' that could prove Blair Government was complicit in ill-treatment of terror suspects, it is claimed

    Robert Verkaik, The Daily Mail, 18/05/2014

    18 May 2014

  10. Pressure mounts on UK govt as victim reveals: Gaddafi spy chief told me Diego Garcia was a stop on my torture tour

    Pressure mounts on UK govt as victim reveals: Gaddafi spy chief told me Diego Garcia was a stop on my torture tour

    14 April 2014

  11. CIA torture report: reaction from Libyan tortured and rendered along with pregnant wife

    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) has today voted to declassify their report on the CIA’s unlawful torture programme. Abdelhakim Belhadj, a Libyan anti-Gaddafi dissident who was rendered and tortured – along with his pregnant wife, Fatima Boudchar – in a CIA-MI6 operation in 2004, has expressed his relief at the decision.

    04 April 2014

  12. CIA torture victim calls for declassification of Senate report

    Ahead of today’s vote in the US Senate over whether to declassify a major report on CIA torture, one of the Agency’s victims has called for the “open acknowledgement of past wrongs.”

    03 April 2014

  13. Libyan torture victims win permission to appeal in case against UK Government

    An anti-Gaddafi dissident and his wife have won permission to take their case against the UK Government – which played a central role in their 2004 kidnap and abuse – to the Court of Appeal.

    03 February 2014

  14. Secret court to consider open hearings in Libyan torture case

    A highly secretive British tribunal, which is currently hearing a complaint brought by Gaddafi opponents subjected to rendition and torture, will this week be urged to undertake more open hearings when considering the case.

    29 January 2014

  15. How Belhaj challenge to UK courts put spotlight on closed hearings

    Joshua Rozenberg, The Guardian, 15/01/14

    15 January 2014

  16. Hearing today over Government snooping threat to fair trial in Libyan torture case

    A secretive court will today hold a rare, open hearing in a case brought by Libyan victims of a UK-orchestrated rendition, who are concerned that Government snooping may have damaged their right to a fair trial.

    14 January 2014

  17. Libyan told he cannot pursue rendition claim in case it harms UK interests

    Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian 20/12/13

    20 December 2013

  18. GCHQ spying on communications in rendition case, say lawyers

    Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 19/12/13

    20 December 2013

  19. Torture victims have “well-founded claim” that UK complicit in their abuse, says High Court

    A High Court judge has today expressed his “concern” over a case brought by an anti-Gaddafi dissident and his wife who were kidnapped and forcibly sent to Libya in a 2004 “extraordinary rendition” operation orchestrated by MI6.

    20 December 2013

  20. People and Power, Libya: Renditions

    Juliana Ruhfus and People and Power, Al Jazeera, 18/12/2013

    18 December 2013

  21. The dark side of the 'deal in the desert'

    Cori Crider, Al Jazeera, 18/12/2013

    18 December 2013

  22. Cameron and Clegg must not u-turn on torture inquiry pledge

    Reports in today’s Times suggest that the Government will tomorrow reverse its pledge to hold an independent, judge-led inquiry into UK involvement in torture.

    18 December 2013

  23. Abdel Hakim Belhaj: justice barred for Libyan dissident, say lawyers

    Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 23/10/2013.

    29 October 2013

  24. The UK Government Is Trying to Get Off the Hook for Libyan Torture

    Cori Crider, Huffington Post, 23/10/2013.

    23 October 2013

  25. Abdel Hakim Belhaj: justice barred for Libyan dissident, say lawyers

    Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 23/10/2013.

    23 October 2013

  26. New court documents detail abuse of pregnant woman in UK-US Libya renditions

    As a High Court hearing on UK involvement in torture and rendition enters its third day, documents released detail the ordeal faced by the pregnant wife of a Gaddafi opponent during her 2004 ‘rendition.’

    23 October 2013

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

    Al Arabiya, 22/10/2013.

    23 October 2013

  28. Government urges court to reject Libya rendition case

    BBC, 21/10/2013.

    23 October 2013

  29. High court is urged to scrap Libyan's claim that UK spies aided torture

    Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 21/10/2013.

    22 October 2013

  30. Libyan politician to fight UK attempt to keep role in his rendition secret

    Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 20/10/2013.

    22 October 2013

  31. Government rolls back Ken Clarke’s secret courts claims in Libyan renditions case

    A senior Foreign Office official was today questioned over the Government’s attempts to have a case concerning MI6 involvement in rendition and torture thrown out of court – a position at odds with Cabinet minister Ken Clarke’s claim that he would “like to know what the outcome is” in such cases.

    21 October 2013

  32. Libyan renditions: torture victims in court against UK Government and Jack Straw on Monday 21 October

    A 3-day hearing will begin in the High Court this Monday (21 October) in the case being brought against the UK Government, MI6 and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw over their role in the kidnap and rendition of an anti-Gaddafi dissident and his pregnant wife.

    20 October 2013

  33. Senior Bush security official dismisses UK Government claims over torture cases

    George W Bush’s former Under-Secretary for Homeland Security has dismissed claims advanced by lawyers for the UK Government that hearing cases brought by torture victims in the British courts may damage US-UK intelligence-sharing.

    17 October 2013

  34. Complaint filed over UK spying on Libyan torture victims’ legal communications

    Two Libyan families who were kidnapped and ‘rendered’ to Gaddafi’s prisons by British intelligence have filed a complaint over GCHQ’s eavesdropping on their legal communications.

    14 October 2013

  35. Libyan torture case: European Parliament attacks UK for “intention” to use secret courts

    Libyan torture case: European Parliament attacks UK for “intention” to use secret courts

    10 October 2013

  36. Rendition case involving Libyan Abdel Hakim Belhadj who is suing the British Government could be heard in secret

    By Jack Doyle, The Daily Mail Online, 22/05/2013

    22 May 2013

  37. UK Government attempts to evade responsibility over part in Libyan torture

    Lawyers for the UK Government today claimed that it should not be held accountable in British courts for its part in the rendition and torture of Gaddafi opponents in 2004.

    21 May 2013

  38. Abdel Hakim Belhaj torture case may be heard in secret court

    By Ian Coabin, The Guardian, 21/05/2013

    21 May 2013

  39. UK Government in court tomorrow over Libyan renditions

    Tomorrow will see the first court hearing in the case brought by a Gaddafi opponent against the UK Government over its part in ‘rendering’ him – along with his pregnant wife – to Libya in 2004.

    20 May 2013

  40. Panel chaired by former Bush official criticises US-UK rendition of Gaddafi opponents

    A new report by a panel including former US Army Generals, a retired Director of the FBI and a senior Bush-era Homeland Security official has strongly criticised the joint US-UK “rendition” of anti-Gaddafi dissidents.

    16 April 2013

  41. Forget the Mafia. Our Establishment covers up its crimes better than anyone

    By Stephen Glover, 03/04/2013

    04 April 2013

  42. Abdel Hakim Belhaj: Jack Straw fails to explain role in Libyan dissident seizure

    By Richard Norton-Taylor and Ian Cobain, The Guardian, 03/04/2013

    03 April 2013

  43. Libyan politician offers to settle UK lawsuit for £3 and an apology

    By Ian Cobain, The Guardian, March 04 2013

    04 March 2013

  44. Abdul Hakim Belhaj 'will settle' over Libyan rendition

    BBC News, March 04 2013

    04 March 2013

  45. Libyan 'rendition victim' Abdul Hakim Belhaj offers to settle UK lawsuit for £3 and apology

    By Jerome Taylor, The Independent, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  46. Libyan Rebel Wants £1 To Drop Rendition Case

    Sky News, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  47. Abdel Hakim Belhaj, Gaddafi Torture Victim, Willing To Settle For £3 And An Apology From UK Government

    PA, The Huffington Post UK, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  48. Libyan may settle 'torture' case for £3

    The Telegraph, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  49. Libyan torture victim's £3 settlement offer to UK government

    Channel 4 News, March 4 2013

    04 March 2013

  50. Anti-Gaddafi couple rendered by UK offer to settle for £1 and an apology

    A Gaddafi opponent who was kidnapped and ‘rendered’ back to Libya – along with his heavily pregnant wife – by British intelligence in 2004 has offered to settle his case against the UK Government for £1 and an apology.

    04 March 2013

  51. Storm as the UK 'justifies torture' of the fighter who helped topple Gaddafi

    By Robert Verkaik, Mail Online, February 2 2013.

    02 February 2013

  52. Cameron must use Libya visit to apologise for rendition of Gaddafi opponents

    Commenting on the Prime Minister’s visit to Libya, Reprieve legal director, Cori Crider said: “What a perfect opportunity for Cameron to come clean about the past decade of torture of anti-Gaddafi activists and their families, when the UK security services were there in the shadows.

    31 January 2013

  53. Jack Straw accused of misleading MPs over torture of Libyan dissidents

    Jack Straw accused of misleading MPs over torture of Libyan dissidents

    10 October 2012

  54. First evidence filed in Libya renditions case as UK government rushes secret courts bill

    First evidence filed in Libya renditions case as UK government rushes secret courts bill

    10 October 2012

  55. HK Business Aviation Centre accused over dissident's rendition

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1043467/hk-business-aviation-centre-accused-over-dissidents-rendition

    04 October 2012

  56. Police interview Libyans over claims of UK-authorised rendition

    By Rajeev Syal and Ian Cobain, The Guardian, 20/07/12

    20 July 2012

  57. Listen to Clive Stafford Smith talk about UK complicity in rendition on BBC Radio Scotland

    Reprieve's Director Clive Stafford Smith talks about the UK's involvement in illegal renditions and how the government's proposal of secret courts will help to keep such issues hidden from the public.

    28 May 2012

  58. MI6 agents pushed 49-point list of questions to Tripoli torture victim interrogators 'under torture chamber door'

    By Abul Taher and David Rose, The Daily Mail, 28/04/2012

    28 April 2012

  59. Former Libyan Rebel Sues Britain Over Torture Claim

    By Henry Ridgwell, Voice of America, 26/04/2012

    26 April 2012

  60. Libyan army chief takes Jack Straw to court over rendition

    By The Sun, 19/04/2012

    19 April 2012

  61. Straw Sued Over Libyan's Rendition Claims

    By Sky News, 18/04/2012

    18 April 2012

  62. Jack Straw sued by Libyan military commander for 'personally signing off his illegal rendition'

    By Graham Smith, The Daily Mail, 18/04/2012

    18 April 2012

  63. Jack Straw faces legal action over 'rendition'

    By BBC News, 18/04/2012

    18 April 2012

  64. Jack Straw faces legal action over allegations he personally approved rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhadj

    By Nigel Morris, The Independent, 18/04/2012

    18 April 2012

  65. Straw sued over rendition case

    By ITV News, 18/04/2012

    18 April 2012

  66. Jack Straw faces legal action over Libya rendition claims

    By Ian Cobain, The Guardian, 18/04/2012

    18 April 2012

  67. British Ex-Foreign Secretary Accused in Qaddafi Foe’s Rendition

    By Ravi Somaiya, The New York Times, 18/04/2012

    18 April 2012

  68. Straw 'admitted agreeing to send suspect to Libya after he sees evidence showing he signed off' the operation'

    By Jack Doyle, The Daily Mail, 16/04/2012

    16 April 2012

  69. Straw under pressure over Belhadj rendition

    By Tom Whitehead, The Telegraph, 16/04/2012

    16 April 2012

  70. Libyan wants UK 'link with torture' exposed

    By Marco Giannangeli, The Sunday Express, 15/04/2012

    15 April 2012

  71. Watch Libyan rendition victim Abdel Hakim Belhadj talk to the European Parliament

    Libyan leader Abdel Hakim Belhadj thanks the European Parliament for taking the time to discuss his ordeal.

    12 April 2012

  72. MI6 and a £1m 'bribe' to silence torture victim: Spies gave up dissident to Gaddafi thugs

    By Tim Shipman, The Daily Mail, 10/04/2012

    10 April 2012

  73. Abdel Hakim Belhadj exends legal action against UK over rendition to Gaddafi's Libya

    Lawyers for the Head of the Tripoli Military Council, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, have announced that they are extending their legal action against the British Government and its security forces, for the alleged illegal rendition of Mr Belhadj and his wife to Libya in 2004, to include the Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory.

    10 April 2012

  74. MAIL COMMENT: Secret courts, Libya and Britain’s shame

    The Daily Mail, 09/04/2012

    09 April 2012

  75. Special report: Rendition ordeal that raises new questions about secret trials

    By Ian Cobain, The Guardian, 08/04/2012

    08 April 2012

  76. Rendition: did UK play secret role?

    By Jason Lewis, the Sunday Telegraph, 26/02/2012

    27 February 2012

  77. Former spy chief to be personally sued by Libyan rebel leaders who accuse him of complicity in torture

    By Jack Doyle, The Daily Mail, 31/01/2012

    01 February 2012

  78. Listen to BBC R4 Today programme on Libyan legal action against Sir Mark Allen

    BBC's Gordon Corera reports on the legal action pursued by Libyan rendition victims Abdelhakim Belhadj and Sami al-Saadi (pictured right) against former MI6 counter-terrorism chief Sir Mark Allen.

    31 January 2012

  79. Libyan dissidents sue MI6 officer over abduction and torture claims

    By Richard Norton-Taylor and Ian Cobain, The Guardian, 31/01/2012

    31 January 2012

  80. Former Libyan detainees to sue ex MI6 chief

    Channel 4 News, 31/01/2012

    31 January 2012

  81. Gaddafi opponents sue ex-MI6 counter terror chief Sir Mark Allen over Libya torture complicity

    Two Libyans who were rendered by Britain into the hands of the Gaddafi regime in 2004 are to sue Sir Mark Allen, the former MI6 director who apparently played a central role in organising the operation.

    31 January 2012

  82. UK police to investigate Libya rendition claims

    by Laura Smith-Spark, CNN, 13/01/12

    13 January 2012

  83. Watch Clive Stafford Smith on the BBC News

    The BBC report on the case of Abdel Hakim Belhadj as an investigation into his rendition is announced.

    13 January 2012

  84. Listen to Clive Stafford Smith on BBC Radio Humberside

    Clive Stafford Smith speaks to BBC Radio Humberside about the announcement that there will be an investigation into UK complicity in two Libyan renditions.

    12 January 2012

  85. Police launch probe over torture allegations in Libya

    by Wesley Johnson, The Independent, 12/01/12

    12 January 2012

  86. Libya rendition claims to be investigated by UK police

    BBC News, 12/01/12

    12 January 2012

  87. Watch Clive Stafford Smith on ITV News

    Kier Simmons reports on how documents discovered in the fall of Gaddafi's regime are set to serve as evidence into the UK's complicity in torture and rendition.

    12 January 2012

  88. Watch Clive Stafford Smith and Rosa Curling on Channel 4 News

    Jon Snow reports on the announcement today that there will be an investigation into the cases of two Reprieve assisted clients, Sami al Saadi and Abdel Hakim Belhadj.

    12 January 2012

  89. Torture Inquiry criticised as 'deficient' as key anti-Gaddafi figure withdraws

    Human rights groups, including Reprieve, have today criticised the Government's Detainee Inquiry as 'deficient' and lacking in the necessary powers to get to the truth about Britain's involvement in torture and rendition.

    06 January 2012

  90. Libyan revolutionary Britain 'handed over to Gaddafi's henchmen' sues and could be in line for £1m payout at taxpayers' expense

    by Sam Greenhill, The Daily Mail, 20/12/11

    20 December 2011

  91. Reports Libyan Military Commander Belhaj to Sue UK Government

    The Tripoli Post, 19/12/11

    19 December 2011

  92. Libyan rebel leader sues Britain over rendition ordeal

    by Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, 19/12/11

    19 December 2011

  93. Libyan rebel leader Abdel Hakim Belhadj sues British Government for illegal rendition to Libya

    Head of the Tripoli Military Council and the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group Abdel Hakim Belhadj is taking legal action against The UK Government and its security forces for what he claims is their part in the illegal rendition and barbaric treatment of both himself and his pregnant wife in March 2004.

    19 December 2011

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