Libyan rebel leader waits for MI6 apologies
Libyan rebel leader Abdel Hakim Belhaj wants apologies from the CIA and MI6 for his 2004 transfer to pro-Gaddafi forces who tortured him, BBC reports.
The military leader accuses the CIA and MI6 of transferring data to Gaddafi officials and of involvement in tortures. However, he claims that security servicemen didn’t witness his torture but interrogated him later.
The Foreign Office stated that the government has a “long-standing” policy not to comment on intelligence issues. London also doubts that documents on security agencies’ cooperation with Gaddafi regime are not fake. The papers were published by the Human Rights Watch activists and seem to be authentic as Libya’s new government has already classified them not to discredit its Western allies who gave them a hand in ousting Gaddafi.
But the scandal still arose. British PM David Cameron ordered an independent investigation into the matter. The UK seems to be fond of various probes especially into what was done by previous governments. These documents accusing the Labourists headed by Tony Blair of Libyan collaboration and give a perfect chance to kick the current Labour opposition and recall Blair hugging Gaddafi in his tent. However, the investigation seems to change little in new London-Tripoli relations.
Official London may even apologize for MI6 actions and scold it for choosing thr wrong friends. This is prompted by interest in relation with Libya’s new government to gain access to its oil.
The carve up of the Libyan oil pie has already begun and France and Italy are the first with plates. The US and the UK’s place in the line is still undefined and the recent MI6 scandal may cool relations with the countries. However, our observer believes that it will not be critical as Libya’s new leaders understand the place of the US and the UK in the world and how this may affect the country’s future. Thus Tripoli will try to forget abut the scandal as soon as possible as it cares more about its future than washing Gaddafi’s dirty linen.