Gadhafi Son in 'Good Physical Condition'
But he has no access to lawyer, says Human Rights Watch
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2011 8:55 AM CST
In this photo released Feb. 23, 2011 by China's Xinhua News Agency, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, waits before a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Feb. 22, 2011.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Hamza Turkia)

(Newser) – Saif al-Islam Gadhafi is imprisoned in isolation and has not been given access to a lawyer, but the son of Moammar Gadhafi is in “good physical condition,” according to Human Rights Watch. In a 30-minute meeting with the group, Gadhafi called his treatment “OK” and said he is not being tortured by the Libyan authorities holding him. He “says he is getting good food and medical care—he had no complaints about the physical conditions of his detention,” says the rep who interviewed him. “His main concern was the lack of access to family and to a lawyer who can help his case.”

Gadhafi told the rep he was captured while seeking medical treatment for his hand, which was injured in a NATO strike on his convoy. He also confirmed his brother Saif al-Arab was killed in an April airstrike, and that two of Moammar Gadhafi’s grandchildren were killed in another strike. Gadhafi is being visited by a doctor weekly, but has had no access to media. The Telegraph notes that Libyan law and UN guidelines dictate that Gadhafi should have been given access to a lawyer within 48 hours of his detainment.