A Libyan civilian, who was held in a prison run by the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), has accused the GNA’s Minister of Interior Fathi Bashagha of torturing him and ripping his eye.
In a message to the UN, Recep Megrahi said that he was tortured in the Mitiga prison when he was being held there in the summer of 2019.
Megrahi said one day he and other prisoners were brought to meet Bashagha who was visiting the prison. During the meeting, Bashagha allegedly ripped out his eye with a spoon for no clear reason.
“Throughout that time my hands were tied with handcuffs, and without asking me any question Fathi Pashaga approached me, forced me to kneel on my knees and then held my head, at that time I saw him holding a spoon and moving it towards my face, in the next moment I felt sharp pain then I lost consciousness, when I woke up in the dungeon I found out that my eye was popped, and the prisoners who were with me at the time of the incident confirmed that Fathi Pashaga ripped out my eye with the spoon he was holding, the needed medical treatment was not provided to me,” Megrahi said in the video message, which was released on June 1.
The man said he didn’t complain to Libyan authorities as he feared retaliation. He also called on the UN to investigate the incident.
Megrahi’s claims have not been verified by any independent source so far. The GNA and the Ministry of Interior are yet to comment on the matter.
Bashagha, a former military pilot, was a member of the Misrata Military Council. This was a body overseeing the work of the city’s militias during the Libyan Revolution. In 2018, he became the GNA’s Minister of Interior.
According to Libyan sources, Bashagha enjoys very close relations with Turkey. According to reports, he is actively supporting the Turkish military intervention to support the GNA.