Prison Torture in Libya: 'Patients Who Had Been Electrically Shocked'
Doctors Without Borders suspended its work in the Libyan city of Misrata last week because prison officials repeatedly brought torture victims in for treatment -- only to return them to interrogation after they received medical care. SPIEGEL spoke with the group's general director, Christopher Stokes, about the situation in Libya.
SPIEGEL: Your organization has suspended operations in Misrata. Why?
SPIEGEL: How were the prisoners tortured?
Stokes: We have encountered bone fractures as a result of torture and we received patients who had been electrically shocked.
SPIEGEL: What have officials in Misrata said in response?
SPIEGEL: Is Libya on the way to becoming like it was under Moammar Gadhafi?
Stokes: No, it is not like that. The reason we know about the torture of detainees is the access we still have. The director of the detention center is very supportive, as is the National Transitional Council. The problem is those responsible for the interrogation centers. They do what they want.
Interview conducted by Christoph Reuter
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