Libya’s state prosecutor says the death of a Libyan Islamist whose bogus testimony about al Qaeda was used by the Bush administration to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was suicide.
Rights groups had urged
They say his death shows the risks that many prisoners remaining in the
“The forensic pathologist confirmed the death was the result of suffocation from hanging. Nothing contrasts with the conclusion that the death was suicide,” the Libyan prosecutor’s office said in a statement in the government-run newspaper al Jamahiriya.
Another Libyan newspaper, Oea, had reported on May 10 that Fakhiri had committed suicide and that
The paper, close to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, said Fakhiri had been an inmate at
“The state general prosecutor began investigating (Fakhiri’s death) immediately … and took all the required legal measures in the presence of the forensic pathologist,” the prosecutor’s office was quoted as saying.
Fakhiri’s case has drawn attention because of his testimony about links between al Qaeda and
Fakhiri made up the story to avoid torture while in the custody of a third country, according to a 2006 US Senate Intelligence Committee report.
US human rights groups have said he provided the account to interrogators in
Fakhiri later recanted, the
The prosecutor office’s statement suggested that Fakhiri had been kept in custody in
Government officials in
US President Barack Obama has vowed to close