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Friday
Jun102011

Libyan Dictator Gadhafi Ordered Rapes to 'Humiliate' His Enemies

ABC News(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi sent his soldiers and mercenaries, armed with Viagra, to rape women as young as 12 in order to "humiliate" the men who are opposed to him, the health minister for the Libyan rebels told ABC News.

More than a dozen rape cases, documented by Dr. Nagi Barakat, prompted the International Criminal Court to accuse Gadhafi of using rapes as a weapon of war.

"I think the tactic of Gadhafi is always to try to humiliate Libyans.  One thing he knows, the dignity of women is very important to men... He wants to humiliate them even more by having mercenaries do it," Barakat told ABC News in an exclusive interview.  "It is a very dirty tactic that Gadhafi is doing."

The accusations, difficult to independently verify, are being investigated by a rebel commission and by the ICC.

"We have information to confirm that it was a policy in Libya to rape those who were against the government," said ICC prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo.  "Rape is a new aspect of the repression."

Some of the rape victims have fled Libya after their ordeal, seeking medical treatment, including abortions, a member of the rebel government told ABC News.

"We have a committee investigating, trying to keep it as confidential as possible.  Three in Tunisia and 12 in Ajdabiya," Barakat said.  "All of them were young women, some of them married, most of them were not.  The youngest we have is 12."

The attackers, he said, had their orders.

"They have Viagra in their pockets.  Gadhafi has encouraged them to do this, so have their commanders," Barakat said.

Some of the rapists were foreign mercenaries, an especially difficult point for victims and their families.

Al Jazeera has aired footage of Viagra distributed to security forces, and Moreno-Ocampo suggested it may have been a policy of the Gadhafi regime to distribute the male sex enhancement medication.

Gadhafi is already under warrant for arrest by the ICC, accused of committing crimes against humanity since the start of a popular uprising in Libya in February.  The four-decade dictator and his son, Saif Al Islam, allegedly recruited mercenaries to attack demonstrators.

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