Libya leaders admit abuse of prisoners

2011-11-29 18:12

Tripoli - Libya's new leaders have acknowledged that some prisoners held by revolutionary forces have been abused, but say the mistreatment was not systematic.

The comments on Tuesday from Interior Minister Fawzy Abdul-Ali come a day after the UN released report a detailing alleged abuse in lockups controlled by the forces that overthrew dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Abdul-Ali says the abuse occurred in the messy aftermath of the revolution when there was weak central authority, and pledged to crack down on it.

Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur says there have probably been cases but that things are improving.

The assurances come as a new Cabinet, which took office last week, strives to assure the world of its commitment to democracy.

  • juliusedwa - 2011-11-30 15:42

    I hope those people who are abused are not civillians and they are not desrve to be protect, thanks God the only people to be protected are revolutionaries and they have more right than others, I belive NTC started with its democracy which was preached by their pastor NATO.

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