Gaddafi war crimes in Misrata widespread, rights group says

By REUTERS
August 30, 2011 07:06

 
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CHICAGO - Forces loyal to fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi committed a vast array of possible war crimes while battling rebels in Misrata, the country's third largest city, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a US-based human rights group.

The report by Physicians for Human Rights, titled "Witness to War Crimes: Evidence from Misrata, Libya," is based on interviews of residents in the Misrata area conducted in June. The authors say they provide evidence of "murder, torture, rape, forced internment, and disappearance."

The group says Libya's National Transitional Council must now move to prosecute people suspected of committing those crimes.

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