UK government trying to block release of files exposing Gaddafi links

Lawyers to call for FoI request to be rejected days after apology for Abdel Hakim Belhaj rendition

Government lawyers are attempting to prevent documents that detail the relationship between the British government and Muammar Gaddafi from being made public under the Freedom of Information Act, just days after apologising for the UK’s role in the kidnap and torture of one of the Libyan dictator’s opponents.

They are appealing against an information tribunal ruling that the documents should be handed to Nigel Ashton, professor of international history at the London School of Economics.

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