Jun 20, 2012 - When one conjures up the dark, shadowy world of interrogation and torture associated with "extraordinary rendition", the neon glow of this city of global finance does not immediately spring to mind.
Think again: If Sami al-Saadi is to be believed, Hong Kong has become a transit point for secret, sordid deals that land suspected terrorists in some of the world's worst torture chambers.
At least that's what the 46-year-old Libyan claims happened to him eight years ago.
Now Saadi is suing the Hong Kong government for damages and full disclosure of his treatment while he was allegedly held in custody here before being flown back to Libya, where he says he experienced all of the many horrors of a prison system run by the recently overthrown regime of the late strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
Saadi is also suing the government of the United Kingdom, whose agents he alleges were instrumental in forcibly returning him to Libya.
Saadi's claims have already served to embarrass and shame Hong Kong authorities - who have pointedly refused to discuss his case, even after the chairman of the Legislative Council's security panel, James To Kun-sun, urged officials to "come clean".
The council acts as the city's mini-parliament. read more>>>