Sami Al-Saadi

Hong Kong all too familiar with extradition requests

Sami al-Saadi

The Hong Kong government is no stranger to dealing with extradition requests - and its decisions have often courted controversy.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 10:22am

Top human rights barrister joins Libya rendition case

Libyan dissident Sami al-Saadi. Photo: AFP

A prominent British human rights barrister, who has fought high-profile cases in Hong Kong, has joined the legal team preparing to sue the government over its alleged role in secretly sending a Libyan dissident and his family to the torture chambers of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 1 comment

Rendition case Libyan Sami al-Saadi still plans to sue Hong Kong government

Sami al-Saadi

A Libyan dissident still plans to sue the Hong Kong government for its role in his illegal rendition to his home country in 2004, despite reaching a £2 million (HK$25 million) compensation deal with Britain last week.

Lawyers for Sami al-Saadi, a vocal opponent of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, said they would now step up their pursuit of justice in Hong Kong.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am 1 comment

Payment speaks for itself, says Libyan dissident

Sami al-Saadi and his eldest daughter Khadija.

The Libyan dissident at the heart of a Hong Kong rendition case welcomed the UK's decision to compensate him yesterday, saying the "payment speaks for itself".

14 Dec 2012 - 5:02am

Britain agrees £2.2 million payout for Libyan in rendition from Hong Kong

Sami al-Saadi and his eldest daughter Khadija.

Britain will pay more than £2 million (HK$25 million) to the family of a Libyan dissident abducted with the help of MI6 and in 2004 secretly flown from Hong Kong to Tripoli, where he was tortured.

The deal puts more pressure on justice officials to address allegations Hong Kong conspired with UK and US spy agencies.

14 Dec 2012 - 4:13am

Hong Kong government urged to 'own up' over al-Saadi extradition

Lawyers preparing to sue the Hong Kong government over its alleged role in the extradition of a Libyan dissident say security chiefs should come clean on their role now, as it is only a matter of time before the public will find out.

14 Oct 2012 - 4:13am

HK Business Aviation Centre accused over dissident's rendition

It was a Saturday evening, just after 8pm on March 27, 2004 when a secluded corner of Chek Lap Kok - one of the world's busiest airports - played host to a very unusual event.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:17am

Executive at HK hub for business jets 'has no memory' of rendition flight

Madonna Fung, general manager of the Business Aviation Centre at Chek Lap Kok airport. Photo: Chris Davis

A senior executive with extensive operational knowledge of Hong Kong's private-jet hub says she cannot remember what happened in March 2004 when the centre is believed to have played a key role in the secret rendition of a dissident into the hands of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's torturers.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am 3 comments

China visa was easy to get, says tortured Libyan Sami al-Saadi

Libyan dissident Sami al-Saadi

A Libyan dissident who escaped the grip of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi by hiding on the mainland has claimed Beijing freely opened its doors to him in 2003, with a visa approval process that was "so easy".

9 Sep 2012 - 4:04am

Government to address rendition case this week

The government will deliver a 'substantive reply' this week to allegations about its controversial role in a rendition scandal which saw a Libyan terrorist suspect, his wife and four children forcibly returned to their homeland, where he faced six years of torture and persecution, in 2004.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK role in Libyan affair still unclear

We are no closer to answers to troubling questions about the deportation of a suspected Libyan terrorist and his family who faced torture and persecution in their homeland.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rendition puts HK on trial


West's respect for human rights in question

Local and Western media often carry extensive coverage of activists on the mainland being tortured and killed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CCP's treatment of dissidents is condemnable. But is the West as respectful of human rights as it claims when it comes to handling opposition?

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Answers sought on rendition

Lawmakers have demanded answers from the government over allegations that it colluded with US and British secret services to deport a suspected Libyan terrorist, his wife and four young children to their homeland in 2004, where he faced torture and persecution.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Libyan dissident sues HK over family's 2004 arrest

A Libyan dissident, arrested by local authorities at Chek Lap Kok airport and handed to late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's henchmen, is suing the Hong Kong government for its complicity in his 'extraordinary rendition'.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

From Chek Lap Kok to Libyan torture cell

New allegations have emerged of the role Hong Kong authorities played in the arrest, detention, interrogation and forced repatriation of a Libyan rebel leader and his young family on a secret flight out of Chek Lap Kok airport to the torture chambers of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am