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article imageJailed Libyan former UN ambassador abused in prison

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 27, 2011 in World
Tripoli - Former Libyan prime minister Abuzed Omar Dorda, who was also Libya's UN Ambassador, has been in a Libyan prison since his arrest in September. Now his family have contacted the UN claiming that Dorda was the victim of a murder attempt by prison guards.
The son-in-law of former Libyan prime minister and United Nations Ambassador Abuzed Omar Dorda has contacted the U.N., appealing for Dorda’s life. He alleges that prison guards working under the remit of the National Transitional Council, attempted to murder Dorda. NTC officials deny the allegation and say Dorda incurred injuries including two broken legs whilst either attempting to escape or commit suicide.
Dorda was arrested on September 11 and subsequently imprisoned in Tripoli. At the time of his arrest he was regarded as one of Gaddafi’s inner circle and was head of the Libyan external intelligence service. Turtle Bay at Foreign Policy received an emailed copy of letters sent to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and U.N. Security Council President U. Joy Ogwu from Adel Khalifa Dorda.
The email reads:"Most of you may have known and dealt with Mr. Dorda during his tenure as PR of Libya. We kindly request your help in dealing with this issue so that we can spare his life and guarantee his safety. This is a humanitarian issue. On behalf of myself and his family, we appreciate any effort you put and thank you in advance.” “Mr. Dorda survived a murder attempt last night, 25 October, 2011, at the hands of his guards in the building where he was arrested. He was thrown off the second floor leading to several broken bones and other serious injuries. Authorities were forced to move Dorda to Maitiga hospital in Tripoli where as of now he is being held under extremely poor conditions. Dorda is not receiving the proper treatment duly and legally accorded a political prisoner, let alone that required under the terms of human rights and other international treaties.” Russia Today spoke to Dorda’s family who confirmed that prison guards threw Dorda from a second floor and beat him.
According to the family they fear for their own safety so cannot contact Dorda in Tripoli’s Mitiga Hospital. They further claim Human Rights Watch is remiss in its duties. Libya’s NTC has issued assurances that prisoners of the former regime will be treated well.
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