The Attorney General today informed Parliament that a settlement has been reached in the civil damages claim brought by Abdul-Hakim Belhaj, former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a proscribed terrorist organisation linked to Al Qaeda, and his wife Fatima Boudchar against a number of British Government and individual defendants. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, had earlier written to the couple to express the UK’s “sincere regret” at their failure to “do more to reduce the risk” that they would be mistreated by the UK’s international partners. The Claimants had brought the claim alleging British government complicity in their 2004 kidnap, extraordinary rendition and torture at the hands of US and Libyan authorities.
Nicholas Chapman was part of a team acting for Rt Hon Jack Straw, Sir Mark Allen CMG, MI6, MI5, the Attorney General, the Foreign Office and the Home Office.
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