Libyan state prosecutors have launched an investigation after a video surfaced showing prison guards in a Tripoli jail torturing and beating al-Saadi Gaddafi, the son of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The man wearing green tracksuit top and shaven head bears a strong resemblance to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi, recently extradited to Libya from Niger last year.
The shocking video reveals Saadi being tied up and tortured during an interrogation session in jail.
After almost 40 years of rule, his father was dethroned and murdered in 2011.
Arabic Clear News released an undated video, revealing 42-year-old Saadi being coerced to listen to the screams of other prisoners apparently tortured in adjoining rooms before being dragged to the torturous interrogation. Junior Gaddafi is then subjected to torture in various positions.
“He looks the same in sense [that] his head … [had been] shaved which happened to him last year,” said Melinda Taylor, an International Criminal Court lawyer for al-Saadi Gaddafi.
Taylor also described the footage as an evidence of “international crime, crime of torture and cruel and inhumane treatment.” She added, “It appears to be criminal treatment in the sense of it being severe physical treatment and also psychological in the sense that he is being forced to listen to other people apparently being tortured.”
A court in Tripoli sentenced Gaddafi’s eldest son Saif al-Islam and eight former officials to death over crimes committed during the successful 2011 rebellion which overthrew the Gaddafi reign.
Libya’s state prosecutor said that an investigation has been issued to identify the prison guards shown in the video and initiate legal action against them.
“The graphic video that seems to show prisoners being beaten raises serious concerns about the methods used to interrogate al-Saadi Gaddafi and other detainees at al-Hadba prison,” Joe Stork, Middle East director at New York-based Human Rights Watch, told Reuters.
Gaddafi became renowned during his father’s reign due to his involvement in football and demanding a place in the national side. He made a substitute appearance for Serie A side Perugia before failing a drug test. He was allegedly involved in violently suppressing anti-government protests in 2011.