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UN torture expert looks into Gaddafi allegations

Allegations of abuse by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his regime are investigated by a UN expert on torture

AFP , Wednesday 9 Mar 2011
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Libyan nurses carry an injured anti-Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi rebel, who was wounded during the fighting against pro-Gadhafi fighters
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The UN expert on torture said Wednesday that he was looking into allegations of abuse against Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi's regime that have been levelled since unrest erupted in Libya last month.

Juan Mendez, the UN special rapporteur on torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, declined to give details on the allegations or their origin.

"I am working on allegations that we have received since the disturbances began in Libya, and we have initiated communications together with other special rapporteurs," Mendez told journalists.

"So far at least we have received only allegations against the Gaddafi regime, and these allegations were before the disturbances turned into what some are calling now a conflict of an internal nature," he added.

Mendez explained that the claims coincided more or less with the beginning of the crisis and the "early events".

The International Criminal Court has launched an investigation, which specifically targets eight people including Gaddafi, into the crackdown on demonstrators in Libya and suspected crimes against humanity.

The 47-member UN Human Rights Council, which appointed Mendez, is also opening a probe.

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