No MI6 Officers to face Charges over Libyan Rendition

By John Lee.

The United Kingdom's Crown Prosecution Service has said that a former senior MI6 officer will not face charges over his alleged involvement in the rendition of Libyan dissidents to Gaddafi regime.

In one of the cases, ex-Libyan dissident Abdel Hakim Belhaj claims MI6  helped to arrange the covert rendition of him and his pregnant wife from Thailand to Libya; in the other, Sami al-Saadi and his family were also sent to Libya in 2004, where he was allegedly tortured.

Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to charge anyone from intelligence service.

According to The Telegraph, the CPS only referred to a "suspect" but it is widely understood to be Sir Mark Allen, MI6's former head of counter-terrorism, who is believed to have been responsible for a series of faxes to Libya referring to the rendition of Mr Belhaj.

Responding to the decision Amnesty International UK’s Legal Programme Director Rachel Logan said:

Today’s decision underscores the need for an independent inquiry that is thorough, effective and can get to the bottom of the grave allegations of UK involvement in rendition and torture."

(Sources: The Telegraph, BBC News, Amnesty International)

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