UN to probe claims of torture levelled at Gadaffi’s forces

2011-03-09 13:03

Geneva – A UN special investigator says he has opened a probe into allegations of torture used by Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

The UN’s special rapporteur for torture, Juan Mendez, confirmed today that he was looking into “allegations against the Gaddafi regime” since his forces began their brutal suppression of protests and a crackdown on opponents last month.

Mendez told reporters at the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva that Gaddafi’s use of torture and illegal detention in the past was “well documented”.

He would not specify what he was looking into when asked if he would probe media reports that Gaddafi’s soldiers were using ambulances to remove patients from hospitals and execute them.

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