UK spent £11m of public money fighting Libya rendition case

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Figures show vast sums spent resisting apology demands over rendition of Libyan dissidents

The government spent more than £11m of public funds resisting demands for an apology, compensation and prosecutions over MI6’s 2004 rendition of the Libyan dissident Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar.

The colossal sum involved has been revealed for the first time through a freedom of information request that exposes the vast amounts ministers and official were prepared to pay out at a time when legal aid has been severely restricted.

Related: In the Belhaj case, Britain set aside the rule of law and moral principles | Will Hutton

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