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Sickening 'torture' video 'shows Colonel Gaddafi's son Saadi being tied up and beaten by interroga

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Sickening 'torture' video 'shows Colonel Gaddafi's son Saadi being tied up and beaten by interrogators' Investigation launched after torture video shows Gaddafi's son being beaten The man, wearing a green tracksuit top and with shaven head, bears a strong resemblance to Saadi, who was extradited to Libya by Niger last year This shocking video is believed to show Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi being tortured during an interrogation session. The man, wearing a green tracksuit top and with shaven head, bears a strong resemblance to Saadi, who was extradited to Libya by Niger last year. His father was deposed and murdered in 2011 after nearly 40 years of rule. The undated video, which has been released by Arabic Clear News, shows the 'Saadi' being made to listen to the screams of other prisoners apparently being tortured in an adjoining room before being tortured himself. Large men with sticks walk in and out of the room where he is sitting before he is seen being asked whether he wants to be hit on the buttocks or the soles of his feet, RT reports. He is tied to what looks like a pipe before having his feat beaten in the footage which is believed to have been shot at Al-Habda prison in Tripoli. At one point he can reportedly be heard to try to reason with his torturers. Saadi, is Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's third eldest son. The 42-year-old, was something of a playboy under his father's rule, and had a brief career as a footballer in Italy. Melinda Taylor, a lawyer for Saadi told RT that the man in the video does appear to be him: “He looks the same in sense [that] his head ... [had been] shaved which happened to him last year,” she said. “It appears to be criminal treatment in the sense of it being severe physical treatment and also psychological in the sense that he is being forced to listen to other people apparently being tortured." Taylor said there was no protection for Saadi while he remained in the hands of the militia, which does not recognise the Libyan Government. Human Rights Watch has reportedly called on the Libyan authorities to investigate the "apparent ill-treatment of detainees." Libya’s state prosecutor is understood to have begun an investigation.