A recent video surfaced over an online site, ClearNews that shows former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi’s son along with other prisoners being abused in prison. The video is now the subject of investigation after humanitarian campaigners condemned the footage.
Saadi Gaddafi, Gaddafi’s youngest son who was a former association football player and the commander of Libya's Special Forces after the 2011 uprising, is seen in the video screaming as he is beaten and lashed on the soles of his feet by the guards.
Tripoli’s public prosecutor argued that he will work to bring the identities of the guards to the public and a legal action will be taken against them.
"No exceptional circumstances justify torture or other ill-treatment," Human Rights Watch's deputy Middle East director, Joe Stork, said.
Gaddafi’s son has been held captive in prison in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, since 2014 after he was extradited from Niger on criminal charges committed during his father’s rule including murder and torture.
Gaddafi’s other son, Saif al-Islam, was sentenced last week to death in absentia over crimes committed during the 2011 uprising which toppled the Libyan president and lead to his death.
Since the fall of Gaddafi, Libya has been plunged into a state of unrest and chaos.