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Liberian journalist tells of torture

A journalist has told the BBC his stay in a notorious Liberian prison was like being in a torture camp.

Hassan Bility said that during his detention he was electrocuted, his penis was attached to electrodes, he was blindfolded and beaten. He was held in isolation for six months without being charged or tried, often in cramped conditions. The authorities released him in December after pressure from the United States, where he is now in exile. Mr Bility, who was editor of the local independent daily The Analyst, was arrested along with a number of other journalists last June for allegedly plotting to kill President Charles Taylor and for having links to rebels. Many feared for his life when the authorities failed to produce Mr Bility during initial court appearances, saying that he would be tried in a military court. Full Story

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