International human rights organizations and observers say the reality is infinitely darker, however. The prisons are being used as sites to wreak revenge against those who fought for former leader Muammar Gaddafi and also as bargaining chips in the struggle for who ultimately will hold power in Libya, they say.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon first complained in November that thousands of detainees were being held in prisons run by former rebels without access to due legal process.
Since then, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have charged that torture of prisoners is widespread across the country.from Libya fighters-turned-jailors face heat over prisons
TRIPOLI: Libya, the country that witnessed the Arab world's most sweeping revolution, is foundering.
The government of the interim Prime Minister, Abdel Rahim el-Keeb, is virtually paralysed by rivalries that have forced it to divide power along lines of regions and personalities, by unreachable expectations that Muammar Gaddafi's fall would bring prosperity and by powerlessness so marked the national army is treated like another of the many warring militias.
from Libya unable to control militia violence, looting
As a consolation prize, Emperor Nerobama will be air-dropping photos of himself wearing a big, beaming smile, so that Libyans can bask in the glow of his greatness as they die.