Tony Blair refuses to apologise to Libyan torture victim Abdel Hakim Belhaj

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Former UK prime minister says he knew nothing about case until after he left office

Tony Blair has refused to personally apologise to the Libyan dissident Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who was tortured in a Libyan jail following a rendition operation mounted with the help of MI6, saying he knew nothing about the case until after he left office.

Blair, speaking about the case for the first time since Theresa May’s government apologised to Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, said he was “content to go along with” that apology, but did not express any personal remorse.

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