21 Jun '11, 12am

Gaddafi defectors tell of orders to 'show no mercy': BENGHAZI (#Libya) - A GROUP of 22 security personnel who...

Gaddafi defectors tell of orders to 'show no mercy': BENGHAZI (#Libya) - A GROUP of 22 security personnel who...

Four Libyan officers, among security personnel who defected to the rebel side, attend a press conference on June 20, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP BENGHAZI (Libya) - A GROUP of 22 security personnel who defected from Muammar Gaddafi's forces in south Libya claimed on Monday they were directly ordered not to give captured rebels the rights of normal prisoners. Four representatives of officers from the deep south of the war-torn country told reporters they had been ordered to 'show no mercy to prisoners,' who, they were told, were rebels linked to Al-Qaeda. Immediate superiors issued orders such as ''don't give them (prisoners) their rights',' according to former Gaddafi army captain Mohammed Ahmed Salih al-Tabowy, speaking through a rebel interpreter. The former fighters also chronicled a near four-month effort to defect, which saw them skirt the burning-hot Niger and Chadian borders...

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