Libyan officials threaten Saadi Gaddafi in new videos

Libyan officials threaten Saadi Gaddafi in new videos
2 min read
21 August, 2015
New video footage has been released showing Libyan officials threatening Saadi Gaddafi in an attempt to make him talk, two weeks after another video showed him being apparently tortured.
Saadi Gaddafi was extradited to Libya from Niger in March 2014 [AFP]

New videos have been released showing Libyan security officials threatening Saadi Gaddafi's to try and make him talk, reported Reuters.

The undated footage was released two weeks after a recording showed guards beating Saadi, third son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who is being held in Tripoli's Hadba prison.

The videos appear to be an attempt to embarrass the General National Congress that is in control of Tripoli. Officials in Tripoli insist prisoners are well-treated.

Saadi, who was commander of Libya's Special Forces in 2011 and fled abroad during his country's revolution, has been in pretrial detention since authorities in Niger extradited him to Libya on 6 March 2014.

He is charged with crimes that include the killing a football player while he was head of the Libyan football federation.

     Last week journalists were invited to visit him in prison to see that he is not being treated badly.


Last week journalists were invited to visit him in prison to see that he is not being treated badly.

"I am not guilty. I am asking the officials to release me because I am not guilty. Everything is okay in prison. They treat me well," Saadi told them.

In one of the new videos, an interrogator tells Saadi: "You can talk by yourself or our guys will make you sit on a bullet from a 23mm gun so we will have all the information."

Another tells him: "Abdullah Senussi's ribs were broken when he entered here," referring to Gaddafi's former intelligence chief.

When he asks for his blindfold to be removed an interrogator tells him: "Not now. Later."

Saadi says he is too afraid to talk when officials ask him about his connections to Islamists and other groups: "They will hurt me. I swear to God they will hurt me."

Officials in Tripoli could not be reached for comment, but state prosecutors have launched an investigation to find those responsible for 'torturing' Saadi in the first video released.

The video's release comes a month after his elder brother Saif al-Islam was tried in absentia and given the death sentence by a court in Tripoli.

Saif al-Islam is being held by a former rebel group in Zintan, a western region beyond Tripoli's control.