March 9th, 2011
07:15 PM ET

BBC journalists describe detention, beatings in Libya

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Three BBC journalists released from detention in Libya told Wednesday of beatings and mock executions that they and other detainees were subjected to by their captors.

The three - Feras Killani, Goktay Koraltan and Chris Cobb-Smith - described how Libyan authorities seized their cameras and other equipment Monday at a checkpoint six miles south of Zawiyah, a scene of heavy fighting between government and rebel forces.

Even though all three had BBC identification cards, they were transported with their local driver to a barracks where they received coffee and cigarettes until a Libyan officer arrived.

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  1. Said F. Najmi

    Mr. cooper thank you very, very much for your honest and the best TV program, that show the world the suffering of the libyan people for the last 42 years, and keeping the subject in front page. We will be honered for you to come and visit Libya after liberation from the tyrant. Let the freedom ring.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm |