Abdelhakim Belhadj
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I want the British to apologise, says Libyan torture victim

The inquiry which was aimed at discovering whether people working for the British government might have colluded in torture has been abandoned.

The judge, who was to carry it out, said it was not practical for the inquiry to continue right.

The lawyers and civil liberties activists representing the alleged victims are delighted - they have said the inquiry was inadequate from the start.

Police investigations are continuing into two cases, including that of Abdel Hakim Belhadj, the Libyan commander who took Tripoli, but who spent six years in Gaddafi's prisons after he claims the British helped capture him.

He told Newsnight he was deprived of daylight for a year and a half and wasn't allowed to bathe or shower.

  • 19 Jan 2012
  • From the section Africa