London deflects critics in Libyan case

Nov. 11, 2010 at 3:08 PM
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LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- London rejects allegations that a British man held in detention in Libya didn't get the full attention of diplomatic authorities, a government office said.

British business mogul Henry Djaba returned to London in October from an alleged forced disappearance in Libya. He filed a lawsuit in October against the Libyan government, claiming his captors tried to force him to confess to being a spy by threatening his life.

"They beat me and kicked me and tried to get me to sign a confession admitting that I was a spy, a gangster or a pimp running an international prostitute ring," he told London's Independent newspaper at the time.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office deflected allegations raised in the British Evening Standard on Monday that it "did nothing" to help Djaba.

The FCO in a statement said it "completely" rejects the allegation as "unfair and offensive." The FCO said it consistently raised the issue of Djaba's detention at "every possible opportunity" since he was snatched in April.

The Independent said Djaba questioned London's resolve in a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron.

"We raised Djaba's detention with the Libyan government in the same way as we would with any British national in similar circumstances," the FCO statement read.

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