Libyan legal court celebrates Abu Salim prison massacre
Libya, Politics, 6/24/2005
The solidarity committee for Libyan human rights issued a statement on the occasion of the 9th annual anniversary of the "mass killing incident" that took place in Abu Salim central prison to the south west of the capital Tripoli on June 29th, 1996 which claimed the life of large number of prisoners.
In its statement, the organization accused the Libyan authorities in being reluctant to make investigations to explain the implications of the massacre and reasons behind it and being responsible for it as well as the attempts of distorting facts surrounding the incident.
The statement of the organization said Libyan citizens who were detained between 1984- 2003 inside Abu Salim prison explained that the massacre followed a rebellion that took place in the prison at 2 a.m.( at dawn) that and was contained. According to witnesses, the organization said, nine hours later, almost at 11.a. m of the same day, the massacre started represented in killing large number of residents in the prison. The organization added that no one prisoner was able escape.
The "Tadamon organization (Solidarity) indicated to its success, in coordination with the world organization against torture, to adopt the issue of Abu Salim prison before the committee concerned with human rights of the United Nations, UNHCR.
On this occasion, the organization appealed the families of the victims to contact it so as to discuss this issue to specialized international organizations to make investigations to find out the side responsible for this "massacre".
The Libyan authorities alleged it formed an independent investigation committee under the supervision of the UNHCR to follow up this issue.
The organization also announced that a comprehensive information was issued on the massacre of Abu Salim prison including detailed incidents in sound and picture, according to live testimonies, as stated by the "Solidarity organization."
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