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Aid charity accuses Libya of torturing prisoners


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Aid charity accuses Libya of torturing prisoners

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has ended its work in the Libyan city of Misrata amid claims that it is being asked to patch up tortured detainees for more abuse.

Rights groups have repeatedly raised concerns about torture being used against people, many of them sub-Saharan Africans, suspected of having fought for Muammar Gaddafi’s forces during Libya’s nine-month civil war.

MSF says it has spoken about the issue with the authorities in Misrata and with the national army but no action has been taken.

The allegations are another blow to Libya’s new leaders as they struggle with outbreaks of lawlessness in parts of the country.

An un-named official in the government admitted human rights are being violated but blamed the actions on what he called misguided individuals.

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