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'Abuse' of Al-Saadi Gaddafi in Libya prison condemned by human rights group

Published 04/08/2015

Al-Saadi Gaddafi was allegedly abused at a prison in Tripoli
Al-Saadi Gaddafi was allegedly abused at a prison in Tripoli

Human Rights Watch has said Libyan prison authorities should investigate the alleged abuse of a son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi and other inmates.

The US-based group said a video made available by news website Clearnews apparently showed guards beating Al-Saadi Gaddafi on the soles of his feet during an interrogation at al-Hadba prison in Tripoli.

Other prisoners were seen in the background crying out in pain from being beaten as well.

Gaddafi's son has been in pretrial detention since authorities in Niger extradited him to Libya in 2014.

Libya is bitterly divided between rival governments in its east and west.

Al-Hadba is under the control of forces allied with the Islamist-backed Tripoli government, which opposes the Tobruk-based internationally recognised government.

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