Libyan jail symbolises horror of Gaddafi era

Former inmate describes conditions he endured on death row in Tripoli's notorious Abu Salim prison.

    Under the rule of the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the most feared places in Libya was Tripoli's Abu Salim prison.

    Thousands were killed and tortured there amid gruesome conditions, although the exact number of victims will never be known because the secretive facility kept no records.

    As Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley reports from Tripoli, one year after the first protests that culminated in the revolution, Abu Salim remains a powerful symbol of the worst brutalities of the Gaddafi regime.

    In a recent interview with Al Jazeera, a Libyan who was on death row in the prison described his life there.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.