Decision means couple allegedly abducted and sent to Libya and their lawyers will be excluded from hearing parts of the trial

The high court should sit in secret when the former foreign secretary Jack Straw faces a damages claim over his alleged role in the abduction and torture of a Libyan dissident and his pregnant wife, a ruling has said.

Having failed in a previous attempt to have the case against Straw struck out, government lawyers successfully sought to have it heard behind closed doors under controversial new justice measures.

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