File - This is a Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 of former British Foreign Secretary and Justice Secretary, Jack Straw as he arrives at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London for the Iraq Inquiry. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Abdel-Hakim Belhadj, a rebel leader who helped topple Gadhafi in 2011 and is now leader of the Libyan al-Watan Party, says he and his pregnant wife Fatima were abducted by U.S. CIA agents in Thailand in 2004 and then illegally transferred to Tripoli with the help of British spies.Two years ago, he began legal action against former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Britain's MI5 and MI6 spy agencies, a former intelligence chief and relevant government departments.But in December, a High Court judge ruled that because of the "act of state doctrine," English courts could not hear the case because allegations about Belhadj's abduction and rendition involved other countries, most notably the United States.Lawyers and human rights campaigners say that if he is unsuccessful, it will effectively prevent any litigation against the British government in similar torture or rendition cases.
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