- Moussa Koussa at a press conference, March 2011; Source: Flickr (magharebia)
One of the detainees, Muftah Al Thawadi, alleges that Mr. Koussa personally tortured him with an electric rod. He also said that Mr. Koussa played a role in the massacre at the notorious Abu Salim Prison during which 1,200 detainees were killed after staging a protest. Other victims of torture accused Mr. Koussa of being responsible for the cruel treatment of prisoners and of knowing exactly of the extent of torture in the prisons.
Mr. Koussa travelled to London in February and was allowed to fly to Qatar despite a possible involvement in the 1998 Lockerbie bombing. He has stayed in Qatar ever since. In May, new documents have revealed the close ties between Mr. Koussa and western intelligence services in the War on Terror, in particular, relating to kidnapping and the rendition of suspected terrorists. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has referred the case to the Detainee Inquiry to investigate whether British authorities “were involved in improper treatment, or rendition, of detainees held by other countries in counter terrorism operations overseas”.