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Sudanese refugee launched from Libyan detention middle after being kidnapped, tortured by gunmen

A Sudanese teen refugee has been launched from a detention middle in western Libya the place he was held for 5 months after being kidnapped and tortured by gunmen demanding ransom, his household stated Wednesday.

Mazen Adam, 15, from Sudan’s conflict-torn Darfur area, walked free on Monday from a juvenile detention middle close to the capital, Tripoli, based on his father, Mohamed Adam.

However, Libyan authorities haven’t dropped prices towards the boy, claiming the kidnapping was fabricated, and solely launched him pending investigation, his father stated.

“Mazen is nicely however he nonetheless suffers from torture-related accidents,” the daddy informed The Associated Press.

The second of 4 siblings, Mazen will likely be checked by docs from the U.N. refugee company on Feb, 12 within the Libyan capital, the daddy additionally stated. The household is registered with the UNHCR as Sudanese refugees in Libya.


Mazen’s father and Libyan rights teams deny claims that the kidnapping was fabricated. A authorities spokesman didn’t reply calls looking for remark.

Mazen was kidnapped on Aug. 30 by unknown gunmen, demanding ransom within the western city of Warshafana, on the southwestern outskirts of Tripoli.

Shortly after his abduction, he appeared in a video on social media, begging for mercy as a person beat him and pointed a riffle at his face, apparently to scare him.

Tripoli's skyline is pictured on September 1, 2011. A Sudanese teen was released from a Libyan detention center near Tripoli on Monday.

Tripoli’s skyline is pictured on September 1, 2011. A Sudanese teen was launched from a Libyan detention middle close to Tripoli on Monday.
(PATRICK BAZ/AFP through Getty Images)

A day later, his father was taken by armed males in uniform after he spoke publicly about his son’s kidnapping. The father was launched three weeks later and launched a marketing campaign for his son’s freedom.


It’s unclear how Mazen went from being within the fingers of his kidnappers to being held in juvenile detention. His father blames the native police.

“Police in Warshafana conspired with the abductors who tortured my son,” he stated, including that the abductors have vanished and that the police didn’t pursue them.

Local rights teams joined Adam’s efforts to free Mazen and referred to as for authorities to take motion.

The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya, a rights group, stated Mazen was a sufferer of human traffickers, and appealed on Libyan prosecutors to annul accusations towards him.

Mazen’s story and the video of his ordeal by the hands of his captors has underscored how abuse, torture, sexual violence, and killings of migrants are rampant in Libya.

The oil-rich North African nation plunged into chaos following a NATO-backed rebellion that toppled and killed longtime autocrat Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. In latest years, it emerged because the dominant transit level for migrants from Africa and the Middle East making an attempt to make it to Europe.

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