Tripoli, 6 March 2014:
The extradition of Saadi Qaddafi from Niger and his imprisonment in Libya has sparked concern from international NGO . . .[restrict]Human Rights Watch (HRW).
“The authorities in Niger should explain why they were convinced that al-Saadi Gaddafi would not be mistreated and would get a fair trial,” said HRW Middle East and North Africa director, Sarah Leah Whitson.
The organisation also pointed to Libya’s responsibilities towards Saadi, after his imprisonment at Tripoli’s Hadba prison, saying the authorities must ensure that his human rights were respected.
HRW urged the Libyan authorities to ensure Saadi received his full process rights and was protected from torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment in prison. “They should allow him visits from legal counsel, his family, and medical personnel, and bring him promptly before a judge,” HRW said.
“The Libyan authorities need to ensure that Saadi Gaddafi is treated well in detention,” said HRW Libya Researcher Hanan Salah.
Libya had a responsibility to ensure all detainees held across the country were granted their full rights according to international standards and were treated with dignity and respect, she added. [/restrict]