Ismail Kamoka, 51, a former leader of a dreaded Islamist group has won court battle to sue government of UK for thousands of British Pounds in compensation over his detention and attempted deportation to Libya.
According to Telegraph Ismail Kamoka, 51, who now works at the London embassy of the western and UN-backed Libyan government, was jailed in the UK in 2007 after admitting funding the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and providing false passports.
Britain’s security services considered the group, which was set up to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi, to be a “risk to the national security of the United Kingdom.”
But now the High Court has ruled that Mr Kamoka and four other Libyans, two of whom were jailed at the same time, can sue the UK government for their unlawful detention and the unlawful use of counter-terrorism control orders while the Home Office tried to secure their deportation.
They allege that secret documents uncovered in Libya after the fall of Gaddafi show that their detention and national security assessments were based on intelligence obtained by torture.
If they win they are in line for payouts worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages and legal costs. The UK government has already paid £2 million to a member of the LIFG who accused MI6 of assisting in his rendition to Libya during the time of Colonel Gaddafi
It seems the judicial system in Common Law countries are being used more for damage then good. Recently a Judge had given a huge amount to a rapist just because his home country was not ready to accept him as a deportee.
Such decisions can have a long term negative impact on both judiciary and counter terrorism forces within the western world. Departments Like Mi5 and Mi6 work on orders of British Government and not alone by themselves. Now being sued by a former Terrorist could be embarrassing as well as demoralising for the officers and men of such covert units.
t is understood eight more Libyans, also former members of the LIFG, have joined the legal action for compensation.
The LIFG, which is defunct, has been linked to the father of the Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi and the father of another Manchester man convicted last week of joining the Islamic State.
The Libyan authorities are currently considering Britain’s request to extradite Abedi’s brother, Hashem, who is wanted in connection with the atrocity which killed 22 people.
He was arrested by the Libyans shortly after the attack. Last week a terrorism review of MI5’s handling of the intelligence found that MI5 had missed opportunities that might have stopped the attack.
The five Libyans involved in the claim for damages were granted asylum in the UK before being detained by the UK authorities over concerns about national security.