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Freed Doctor Recounts Libyan Torture

“My wounds are still bleeding,” says Palestinian
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2007 8:40 PM CDT
Freed Doctor Recounts Libyan Torture
Palestinian-born doctor Ashraf al- Hazouz waves in front of the French presidential air plane after he and five Bulgarian nurses arrived in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Tuesday, July, 24, 2007. All were pardoned by President Georgi Parvanov on arrival in Sofia on Tuesday, after spending 8 years in prison...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – In the wake of last week's jubilant homecoming of the Bulgarian nurses released from a Libyan prison, it's their Palestinian cellmate who’s first to go public with his story. Dr. Ashraf al-Hazouz’s joy at release after 8 years is “turning into a hunger for justice,” he says in an interview with the New York Times and a graphically detailed first-person account in der Spiegel. 

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Hazouz, who was raised in Libya, tells the story from his baffling detainment through the bizarre and obscene torture that led to his eventual confession to trumped-up charges of infecting hundreds of children with HIV. Locked up with attack dogs, shocked and dragged by his genitals, he said he was forced to witness the rape of the nurses, and threatened with the rape of his sisters. (Read more Libya stories.)

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