Ex-Gaddafi PM ‘critical after torture’

Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, the last premier of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, is in critical condition after being tortured in a Libyan prison, his Tunisian lawyer said this week.

Report by AFP

Mahmudi “is in critical condition as a result of the torture he has suffered”, said Mabrouk Kourchid, adding that “he could die”.
The lawyer did not provide any further details nor reveal his sources for fear they could suffer reprisals.

Mahmudi fled to neighbouring Tunisia in September 2011, shortly after rebels seized Tripoli.

He was arrested there and extradited to Libya last June, despite warnings from rights groups that he could face the death penalty.

He went on trial in November for what the prosecutor-general’s spokesperson said were “prejudicial acts against the security of the state and financial crimes”.

In July, Mahmudi protested his innocence to journalists visiting his prison.

“I am not guilty, not guilty, not guilty,” he said during a visit organised by the authorities in an apparent bid to quash rumours he had been tortured.

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