Libyan rebels holding 'hundreds' of prisoners: ICRC

29th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Libyan rebels are holding "hundreds" of prisoners, some of them foreigners, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday, without commenting on how they were treated.

"We have indications that the rebels are holding many hundreds of detainees," ICRC spokesman Steven Anderson told AFP.

"Many of them are foreigners," some of them from sub-Saharan Africa.

"We visited 135 detainees in the past two days," Anderson said, adding that "constructive" discussions were underway to undertake more visits.

Mohammed al-Allagy, who handles the justice portfolio for the rebel National Transitional Council, said the detainees were well treated.

"Prisoners are well treated. Amnesty and Human Rights Watch can have access to verify that.

"Those who did not commit crimes will be questioned and released. The others will be tried," al-Allagy said.

He said that foreign "mercenaries, including 17 Croatians," were among those being held.

© 2011 AFP

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