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Sami al Saadi has asked the Metropolitan Police to investigate charges of conspiracy to torture

Leigh Day client lodges complaint against Moussa Koussa and UK security services

Sami al-Saadi with his daughter Khadija in Tripoli. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP

18 November 2011

Leigh Day & Co, together with Reprieve, are representing Libyan citizen Sami al Saadi (also known as Abu Munthir), an opponent of Colonel Gaddafi’s regime who was ‘rendered’ along with his wife and four young children to Libya by British security services in 2004.  Mr al Saadi has already instructed Leigh Day to begin legal action against the UK Government over its role in his ordeal.  He has now asked London’s Metropolitan Police to investigate charges of conspiracy to torture.

Reprieve, has written to the Metropolitan Police to inform them of the family’s wish to lodge a complaint against UK security services – in particular former MI6 counter-terror director Mark Allen – as well as Gaddafi’s former security chief, Moussa Koussa. Copy of the letter here.
Evidence of the mistreatment of Mr al-Saadi, his wife, and four children all aged 12 or under at the time emerged earlier this year after documents were found in the wake of the Libyan revolution, showing the UK’s key organisational role in the case. Letters were also found showing a close relationship between Moussa Koussa and ‘Mark in London’, thought to be Mark Allen.
After being forcibly returned to Libya in a joint British-US operation, Mr al-Saadi was imprisoned and tortured by Gaddafi’s regime over several years, during which time he was also visited and questioned by British and US intelligence officers. His wife and children were held in prison for months, in constant fear for their lives.

Solicitor Rosa Curling who represents the al Saadi family said:

“It is important that the truth comes out about what involvement the UK intelligent services had in the rendition and torture of our clients. Foreign Secretary William Hague said recently that he wants to 'draw a line' under UK complicity in torture and rendition. That can only be done once the truth about our government's role on the murky transactions which resulted in Mr al Saadi and his family being sent to Libya to be tortured and imprisoned by Gaddafi’s security services has come out. The way the Detainee Inquiry has been set up means it will not be able to get to the bottom of the allegations. Our clients hope the Police investigation might be able to instead." 

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