UN condemns torture, killing of freed prisoners in Libya



The United Nations has called for investigations into the killing of the 12 men who had been jailed for crimes against protesters during the 2011 revolution against Muammar Gaddafi.

The bodies of the 12 men were found scattered across Tripoli after they were granted conditional release from prison on Thursday last week.

The families of the prisoners have described the men to have been shot in the chest and chest, while some of them had their hands and feet tied.

“This crime should be thoroughly and independently investigated and perpetrators must face justice… I urge the relevant Libyan authorities to establish a joint national-international investigation and I will follow developments closely.”,” said U.N. envoy to Libya Martin Kobler

Attorney General in Tripoli has said the case will be investigated even as the UN backed Government of National Accord called for urgent investigations.

The U.N.-backed Government of National Accord is replacing the two rival governments set up in Tripoli and the east. It has been accused of not acting quickly to disband militias in western Libya since their seeking their cooperation.

The killings have been linked to the outlawed groups controlling the jail.

Al-Baraka prison where the 12 individuals were freed from, houses hundreds of inmates many of whom were loyal to Gaddafi.

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