Libya to take control of makeshift prisons Julia Zebley at 3:08 PM ET
[JURIST] In response to international criticism the Libya Ministry of Justice announced on Sunday that it will be commandeering "makeshift prisons" around the country to prevent further prisoner torture. Deputy Minister Khalifa Ashour acknowledged that primarily loyalists to former dictator Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] have been tortured in unregulated prisons [AP report]. Other detainees are citizens under arrest for murder or drug and alcohol possession. Ashour also stated that the Ministry has taken control of two prisons already, one in Tripoli and one in Misrata. Earlier this week, both Amnesty International (AI) and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [JURIST reports] criticized the Libyan government for the interim prisons that were created during last year's revolution in Libya [JURIST backgrounder].
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