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New Libya: Man Tortured to Death for ‘Drinking Alcohol Illegally’

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Hillary Clinton in Libya

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Libya
on Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque)

A man was beaten and tortured to death in custody after he had been arrested for “drinking alcohol illegally” in post-Qadhafi Libya, according to the State Department’s newly released report on human rights in that country.

According to the report, which focuseS on the human rights situation in Libya in 2013, there were “27 deaths in custody during the year” that “were due to torture, 11 of which were in detention centers under the nominal authority of the government but effectively under the authority of armed brigades.”

“Reported abuses included beatings with belts, sticks, hoses, and rifles; administration of electric shocks; burns inflicted by boiling water, heated metal, or cigarettes; mock executions; suspension from metal bars; and rape,” said the report. “Abuses of detainees, particularly alleged Qadhafi loyalists and sub-Saharan Africans allegedly aligned with Qadhafi, similarly were reported at militia-run facilities throughout the country.

“Militias subjected other categories of detainees to torture,” said the report. “For example, according to an UNSMIL report, on June 17, Ali Mas’ud Ahmad al-Etri died in custody due to beatings and torture in the Mitiga detention facility under the authority of the Tripoli Supreme Security Committee (SSC). (The SSC, established in 2011 under the Ministry of Interior’s authority, was intended to be a temporary mechanism to incorporate former anti-Qadhafi fighters into the formal security apparatus.)

A man was beaten and tortured to death in custody after he had been arrested for “drinking alcohol illegally” in post-Qadhafi Libya, according to the State Department’s newly released report on human rights in that country.

According to the report, which focuseS on the human rights situation in Libya in 2013, there were “27 deaths in custody during the year” that “were due to torture, 11 of which were in detention centers under the nominal authority of the government but effectively under the authority of armed brigades.”

“Reported abuses included beatings with belts, sticks, hoses, and rifles; administration of electric shocks; burns inflicted by boiling water, heated metal, or cigarettes; mock executions; suspension from metal bars; and rape,” said the report. “Abuses of detainees, particularly alleged Qadhafi loyalists and sub-Saharan Africans allegedly aligned with Qadhafi, similarly were reported at militia-run facilities throughout the country.

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8 Comments on New Libya: Man Tortured to Death for ‘Drinking Alcohol Illegally’

  1. Geez, just think what they’d do to ‘Swillin’ Hillary’.

    …On second thought, Hillary for Ambassador to Libya!

  2. There are also a disturbing number of people dying in police custody in this country too in recent years.

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