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UN Finds Torture Widespread In Libya Two Years After Qaddafi

A new UN report says that torture is widespread in Libyan jails two years after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi's regime.

The report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Support Mission in Libya released on October 1 says that around 8,000 prisoners are held without trial on suspicion of having fought for Qaddafi, while countless others are detained by militias out of sight and in primitive conditions.

The report recorded 27 deaths in custody since late 2011 where torture was the likely cause, including 11 cases that occurred this year.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said upon releasing the report, "Torture is illegal, under any circumstances, with no exceptions."

No one was immediately available for comment from the Libyan government.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, dpa, and Reuters