Libya justice ministry to take over prisons

2012-01-30 09:36
Tripoli - Libya's deputy justice minister says his government has begun taking control of makeshift prisons in the country after human rights organisations complained of rampant torture of inmates.

Minister Khalifa Ashour said on Sunday that judicial police are now in charge of some prisons.

There was no information of how many of the prisons were under government control.

Doctors Without Borders suspended its work in prisons in the city of Misrata on Thursday because it said torture was so rampant that some detainees were brought for care only to make them fit for further mistreatment.

According to the UN, various former rebel groups are holding as many as 8 000 prisoners in 60 detention centres around the country. The problem illustrates the problem of reuniting Libya after the ouster of ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

Read more on:    un  |  muammar gaddafi  |  libya  |  north africa

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