Settlement in Abdul-Hakim Belhaj rendition case to be announced

Mr Belhaj was abducted along with his wife and placed in a CIA prison in Bangkok

Britain has reached a settlement with Abdul Hakim Belhadj, a Libyan former rebel leader who says he suffered years of torture by Muammar Gaddafi's henchmen after British and USA spies handed him over to Libya, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Boudchar was in the public gallery of the House of Commons with her son, now 14, to hear the apology.

Reading out Mrs May's letter, Mr Wright said: "Your accounts were moving and what happened to you is deeply troubling".

"This apology is accepted and it puts an end to years of suffering", he said.

He said as part of an out-of-court settlement, Boudchar would receive 500,000 pounds ($677,000).

"The UK government has learned many lessons from this period".

But he had always said that he would drop his case for an apology and an admission of liability by the British Government and a nominal sum of £3 - £1 from each of the defendants in the civil action.

"For more than six years I have made clear that I had a single goal in bringing this case: justice".

In an earlier statement, he argued Britain had "set an example for other nations to follow". "Now, at last, justice has been done", he said.

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"By today's settlement, I look forward to rebuilding my life with dignity and honour, and living free from the weight of these events with my husband and our five attractive children".

Who is Abdul Hakim Belhaj?

"It is a victory for everyone who opposes injustice, secret detention, and torture", said Crider in a written statement following the announcement.

The UK has apologized to the ex-militant leader for the involvement of members of Britain's intelligence apparatus in his rendition in 2004, the Reuters news agency reported today.

Papers discovered in Tripoli, Libya - during the fall of the dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 - included evidence of how MI6 and the Central Intelligence Agency had groomed Gaddafi and his regime to come in from the cold. Belhaj spent six years in custody and says he was tortured repeatedly.

The case came to light after the fall of Tripoli in 2011, when faxes from Mark Allen, MI6's then-counterterrorism director, describing the rendition flights were found in the ransacked office of Moussa Koussa, Libya's head of intelligence. Belhaj was the emir of the defunct Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an anti-Gaddafi guerrilla group.

Belhaj and Saadi were released from jail in Tripoli in 2010 under a reconciliation deal arranged by Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam.

Rendition - defined as the practice of covertly taking a suspect to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners - was widely used in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

However, in 2011, documents revealed when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation aircraft destroyed the Tripoli offices of Gaddafi's intelligence chief, Moussa Koussa, implicated the United Kingdom government.

The couple say an MI6 tip-off helped the USA kidnap them in Thailand.

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