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Video yields fresh evidence of torture, abuse by anti-Gaddafi protestors

Tripoli, Mon, 13 Feb 2012 ANI

Tripoli, Feb 13(ANI): A video of a Tripoli refugee camp showing a terrified man being beaten and tortured with electric shocks, indicates fresh evidence that protestors of former ruler Colonel Gaddafi are adopting brutal methods.


The video shows three men tying up a shop owner, Saleh Barhoun Gersh before whipping him with cables, touching him on his skin with electric wires and taunting him, as he pleads for mercy.


Gersh had been loyal to Gaddafi during protests against his rule until his town was ransacked by fighters from nearby Misrata, The Daily Mail reports.


One of the men armed with a knife is seen threatening the man 'blood will come from your eyes and nose until you admit what you have done'


Sources told the Daily Mail that the youths in the video were former rebels who refused to surrender their weapons at the end of the civil war in October and are intent on avenging those they suspected of having supported Gaddafi.


They are said to have driven in armed trucks into the al-Fellah 'internally displaced persons' (IDP) camp in Tripoli, firing at crowds and searching homes until they found men on their list of 'suspects'.


It is unclear when the footage was taken or what happened to Gersh.


The abuses were captured on a mobile phone left behind in the chaos of a raid.


'The fighters from Misrata have kept their weapons and vowed to capture everyone who supported Gaddafi. They come on regular raids to our three camps in Tripoli and take anyone they want. They beat them and torture them to get them to confess to rape and murder," a camp manager, Mohamed al-Mabruk, who handed over the footage, said.


The new video images comes in the wake of the Amnesty International documenting abuse and torture in Libya, and aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) refusing to treat brutality cases. (ANI)



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