In Libya, Photos Bear Witness to Gadhafi's Torture

Meanwhile, ICC claims Libya ordered killing of civilians
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2011 7:52 AM CDT
In this image taken during an organized trip by Libyan authorities, litter covers the floor of a Libyan police station burned by Zawiya rebels during fighting in Zawiya, Tuesday, April 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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(Newser) – In pictures uncovered by journalists in Zawiyah, the dead prisoners of Moammar Gadhafi's forces are shown naked or clad only in underwear, hands bound, backs scarred. Other pictures depict ominous scenes: Puddles of blood, a saw. The pictures were discovered in a burned-out police station, where one worker pointed to a dark room and implied it was used to execute prisoners. After nearly a week of fighting, Gadhafi's forces retook Zawiyah from the rebels, leaving the city devastated, the New York Times reports.

Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court has ratcheted up pressure on Libya's government, claiming it ordered the killing of civilians in order to keep a lid on the unrest rapidly moving across the region. "We have evidence that after the Tunisia and Egypt conflicts, people in the regime were planning how to control demonstrations in Libya,” the ICC prosecutor told Reuters. “The shootings of civilians was a predetermined plan.” Gadhafi's forces are still hammering rebels in Misrata and Brega as rebel leaders pushed NATO to give them more support.

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