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Colonol Gaddafi…now there’s a strange one. His secret service used toorganise the mass slaughter of British citizens,but now he’s alright apparently. Tony Blair has even been pressing the flesh with him on his tour of Africa. David Nicholl sends his own postcard to the PM

Apparently, Tony Blair has got all chummy with Colonel Gaddafi in Libya yesterday describing that relations had been “completely transformed”.

Even as the ink was drying on the gas exploration deal signed while Tony was chewing the cud with the infamous dictator, his own people were so desperate to get away from the regime, they were drowning in the Mediterranean Sea.

Let us just remember, that a former member of Colonel Gaddafi’s secret service is serving at least 27 years for organising the largest ever terrorist plot in UK history, the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 when 270 people were murdered.

But of course, we mustn’t let terrorism stand in the way of a good gas deal.

Anyhow, I know of at least one Libyan who Mr Blair was less keen to talk to in his last days in office, AbuBakr Deghayes . AbuBakr who you ask?

AbuBakr Deghayes is the brother of Omar Deghayes who has been held in Guantanamo for over 5 years without charge and has been blinded in one eye whilst being tortured.

Omar Deghayes

Earlier this month, as Mr Blair headed to Sedgefield to announce his resignation date, AbuBakr Deghayes mounted a peaceful protest dressed in an orange jump suit to remind Mr Blair of this part of his legacy, namely his complicity with Guantanamo and the secret prisons.

This of course was reported by all the mainstream news outlets - well no, not quite- the Brighton Argus actually: AbuBakr said: "I am here to see Tony Blair off and to remind him of his terrible legacy of the Iraq war.

"Even to demonstrate here we have been escorted by the police. We want to make sure that he knows we will hold him responsible for the injustices of Guantanamo for the rest of his life.

“They have held my brother for five years and he has still not been formally charged or tried for any crime. Mr Blair's legacy is taking away our liberties, supporting George Bush, breaking international law”.

Mr Blair is apparently trying to negotiate “memorandums of understanding” for countries like Libya to try and get the repatriation of British residents, such as Omar Deghayes, who are currently being held in Guantanamo.

This is particularly worrying as the Deghayes family were previously given indefinite right to remain in the UK as asylum seekers as Omar’s father was murdered by Colonel Gaddafi’s secret police.

Our secret service has assisted Libyan secret service to interview Omar Deghayes on 2 occasions where they have promised that he will meet the same fate as his father if he ever sets foot on Libyan soil.

Meanwhile, Mr Blair, like Pontius Pilate, has washed his hands of the issue saying that that the British government cannot act on behalf of British residents, like Omar Deghayes, only British citizens.

Who is to act on Omar’s behalf, Colonel Gaddafi? You have got to be joking.

Omar Deghayes’ story is one of several in the upcoming film “Taking Liberties” to be released June 8th.


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