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Libya's UN envoy condemns torture, killing of prisoners

13 June 2016, 18:43

Benghazi - The United Nations envoy to Libya has condemned the torture and killing of 12 people after their release from a militia-run prison.

The 12 were tried on charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. 

Justice Ministry spokesperson Wessam al-Saghir says they were released on Wednesday, but on the following day their bodies were found in different parts of the capital, Tripoli. The bodies had bullet wounds in their heads and bore signs of torture.

UN envoy Martin Kobler said on Monday he was "utterly shocked and saddened by this heinous and vile crime."

Libya slid into chaos after Gaddafi was overthrown and killed, with an array of militias taking over much of the country.

The killings illustrate the lingering lawlessness despite the formation of a UN-brokered unity government.

- AP

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