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Ex-Libyan rebel offers to settle rendition case against UK government for $4.50 and apology

A Libyan military commander suing the British government over its alleged role in his detention and rendition has offered to settle his case for 3 pounds ($4.50) and an apology.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj is suing the British government, former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and the former head of the MI6 spy agency.

Belhaj was arrested in 2004 in Bangkok and returned to Moammar Gadhafi's Libya, where he spent years in prison.

He says he will drop the case in return for a token 1 pound compensation from each defendant along with an apology and an admission of liability.

Belhaj said in a statement Monday that he wants to lay to rest the misconception he is suing for personal enrichment.

British ministers have always denied any complicity in rendition or torture.