The Libyan public prosecutor’s office announced an investigation into a video allegedly showing the torture by prison guards of Saadi Gaddafi, the son of late dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi who fled abroad during Libya’s revolution.
The torture apparently occurred at the al-Hadba prison, currently under control of Tripoli authorities, not recognized internationally. The prison is headed by the former deputy defence miniser of the same government, Khalid Sharif.
Always according to the Libya Herald, it remains unclear whether the person in the video is actually Saadi, or a fake attempting to spark a reaction.
Melinda Taylor, an international criminal court defense lawyer representing Saadi Gaddafi, told Russia Today that she recognized her client in the footage. The “immediate” opening of an investigation into the video disclosed August 2 was also demanded by Human Rights Watch.