Jack Straw faces call to give evidence over role in Libyan rendition

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MPs want then-foreign secretary to explain role in kidnap and mistreatment of two Libyan families

MPs have called for former foreign secretary Jack Straw to give evidence before parliament about his role in the kidnap and mistreatment of two Libyan families.

The demands come after the government apologised for its role in the abduction and mistreatment of Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife Fatima Boudchar, who were flown from Bangkok to Tripoli in 2004 in a rendition operation involving MI6, the CIA and Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence services.

Related: Libyan rendition: how UK’s role in kidnap of families came to light

Unless we start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States, and also let me say, we believe that Secretary Rice is lying, there simply is no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom has been involved in rendition full stop, because we have not been, and so what on earth a judicial inquiry would start to do I have no idea

No foreign secretary can know all the details of what its intelligence agencies are doing at any one time

On 1 March 2004 my approval was sought for some information to be shared with international partners. In almost every case such approvals were made by me in writing, on the basis of written submissions to me. However in rare cases of great urgency, oral submissions could be made and oral approvals given by me. This is what happened on this occasion

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