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Libya leaders acknowledge abuse of prisoners
Following UN report, Libya's new leaders acknowledge prisoners have been abused
By The Associated Press

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) ' Libya's new leaders have acknowledged that some prisoners held by revolutionary forces have been abused, but say the mistreatment was not systematic.

The comments Tuesday from Interior Minister Fawzy Abdul-Ali come a day after the U.N. released report a detailing alleged abuse in lockups controlled by the forces that overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Abdul-Ali says the abuse occurred in the messy aftermath of the revolution when there was weak central authority, and pledged to crack down on it.

Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur says there have probably been cases but that things are improving.

The assurances come as a new Cabinet, which took office last week, strives to assure the world of its commitment to democracy.

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