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UN probe opened into torture by Gadhafi forces

The U.N.'s special rapporteur for torture,Mendez,confirmed he is looking into 'allegations under the Gadhafi regime'.

Written by Associated Press | Geneva |
March 9, 2011 5:49:08 pm

A U.N. special investigator says he has opened a probe into allegations of torture used by Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.

The U.N.’s special rapporteur for torture,Juan Mendez,confirmed Wednesday he is looking into “allegations under the Gadhafi regime” since his forces began their brutal suppression of protests and crackdown on opponents last month.

Mendez told reporters at the U.N.’s European headquarters in Geneva that Gadhafi’s use of torture and illegal detention in the past is “very well-documented.”

He would not specify what he was looking into when asked if he would probe media reports that Gadhafi’s soldiers using ambulances to remove patients from hospitals and execute them.

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