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Hannibal Kadhafi Files
Tripoli, Libya
By mchreyteh
17 Dec 2015

In August 2011, a group of militiamen, who were fighting against the Libyan president Mummer Kadhafi, entered the house of Kadhafi’s youngest son, Hannibal, in Tripoli, and found a tablet device which they believe was his personal device.

The device was turned over to a group of media activists in Tripoli, who examined the content. On the device they found thousands of photos and videos, including personal and family images. In a folder titled “Bosleem” there were videos that appeared to show prisoners being tortured during questioning, and photos of what are believed to be prisoners including their names, some appearing to be injured. The content also included Word documents and power point presentations some of which are encrypted.

The media activists have posted on social media a number of photos of Hannibal Kadhadi and his family, and several videos of prisoners being tortured. The activists group says one of its members was kidnapped and his fate remains unknown. Since then they have felt that they are in danger and have had to change locations frequently. They decided to move the content of the device outside of Libya. They contacted Lebanese journalist Mohamad Chreyteh, and one the the activists travelled to Lebanon in 2014 and gave the journalist the content.

Mr. Chreyteh says he has been working on organizing and verifying the content over the last year. He says he decided to make some of the content public on Sunday December 13, 2015, after hearing news that Hannibal Kadhafi is being held in detention. Kadhafi was turned over to Lebanese Internal Security official by gunmen who had seized him in Baalbek on Thursday December 10. Kadhafi is under investigation and official are trying to determine if he can be put on trial in Lebanon, in connection with the disappearance in Libya of Lebanese Shiaa spiritual leader and founder of the Amal Party, Moussa al-Sadr, in 1978.

The content includes many items that have not yet been made public:

  • More than 700 photos and videos, of Hannibal Kadhafi, his wife, children, homes, yacht, private jet and international travels.
  • More than 1700 photos and names of who are believed to be detainees held at Bosleem prison in Tripoli.
  • More than 50 video clips showing what appears to be the interrogation and torture of prisoners.
  • More than 35 documents including letters from investigators in Kadhafi’s security forces to senior officials, lists with names of wanted people, lists with names of detainees, lists with names of people recommended to be set free, notes detailing prisoner interrogations, letter from a senior military police official to a senior judge.
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Family Photo (089)
tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

Hannibal Kadhafi and his Lebanese born wife Aline Skaf in what is believed to be their home.

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Doc 1
tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

A portion of a lengthy undated document from 2011, that appears to be a report by a Libyan security official to a superior on the uprising against the Kadhafi regime in 2011.
The subject "Summary of the current incidents based on investigations of detainees".
The report says that what it refers to as the 'conspiracy', started in Benghazi on February 7, 2011, blaming it on what are called "crusader countries" including the US, France, Italy, and the UK.
The report goes on to also blame Arab countries including Qatar, UAE and the Arab League, as well as external opposition and "internal traitors".

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Doc 2
tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

This is a of a portion of an undated document from 2011, that appears to be a reply by a Libyan security official to a letter from his superior dated May 18 2011. The document appears to be a report of interrogations of prisoners who have identified other people as participants in the uprising against the Kadhafi regime.

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Doc 3
tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

A portion of a document dated June 24, 2011, that appears to be a list of detainees at the 'central prison', believed to be Bosleem Prison. The document lists the names of 385 prisoners showing their file number, nationality, and location and date of their apprehension.

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Doc 4
tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

A portion of an undated document from 2011, that appears to be a letter by a Libyan security officer to a superior, accusing a police officer named Sufian Fawzi al-Seid al-Zarkani, of participating in the uprising against the Kadhafi regime.
The report also claims that the officer hid members of the opposition in his house, and did not allow his family to watch Libyan state television and instead allowed them to watch external channels such as al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya.

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Torture of prisoner in Bosleem Prison...
tripoli, Libya
By mchreyteh
17 May 2014

A selected portion of video clip that appears to show an unidentified prisoner being shocked by a taser device by Libyan interrogators in Bosleem Prison in May 2011.

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Torture of prisoner in Bosleem Prison...
tripoli
By mchreyteh
17 May 2014

A selected portion of video clip that appears to show an unidentified prisoner being wiped by Libyan interrogators in Bosleem Prison in May 2011.

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Torture of prisoner in Bosleem Prison...
tripoli
By mchreyteh
17 May 2014

A selected portion of video clip that appears to show an unidentified prisoner being kicked and shocked with a taser device by Libyan interrogators in Bosleem Prison in May 2011.

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Life in Mogadishu 17
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 May 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a Somali fisherman carrying a large tuna to the fish market in Mogadishu on 11 May 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 18
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 May 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a shark lies on a street in Mogadishu, dropped by a fisherman on his way with the catch of the day to the fishmarket on 11 May 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 19
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 May 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a Somali fisherman carrying a large tuna to the fish market in Mogadishu on 11 May 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 12
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Apr 2012

Access to medical care was increasingly scarce in the war torn Somali capital and costly, if not provided from the few international organisations that worked in Somalia. Here a pharmacy and the pharmasists at Martini hospital in Mogadishu on 17 April 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 13
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Apr 2012

Access to medical care was increasingly scarce in the war torn Somali capital and costly, if not provided from the few international organisations that worked in Somalia. Medical orderly showing his storage room at Martini hospital in Mogadishu on 17 April 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 10
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 Apr 2012

The fierce fighting the crowded areas of Mogadishu resulted in thousands of collateral victims. Here a young Somali boy being diagnosed with a destroyed eye due to a grenade fragment at a mobile clinic in Mogadishu on 4 April 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 11
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 Apr 2012

Access to medical care was increasingly scarce in the war torn Somali capital and when free health care was offered people were keen to take advantage. Here a young girl and her mother await access a mobile clinic in Mogadishu 4 April 2012.

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Rebel In Destroyed House Misrata (24-24)
Misrata, Tawergha, Libya
By Karim Mostafa
23 Feb 2012

2011 meant big changes for Libya. After forty years in power, former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted from power. But it took an ugly war, and Libyans are now facing the challenge of rebuilding and unifying their country. Among those suffering the consequences are the population of Tawergha, a coastal city of 30,000 inhabitants. During the war, many Tawerghans fought alongside Gaddafi’s forces. Many men were part of laying siege on the neighbouring Misrata, a city that suffered heavily during the months of fighting. When the war was nearing its end, Tawergha was captured by rebel groups from Misrata, who expelled the population and destroyed the houses. The inhabitants were forced to flee; today, many men are imprisoned while women, children and others are dispersed in refugee camps across the country. What will happen to them? The Tawerghans want to return to their homes, but the rebels guarding the city say that they can never come back.

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Wounded Prisoners (22-24)
Misrata, Libya
By Karim Mostafa
23 Feb 2012

2011 meant big changes for Libya. After forty years in power, former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted from power. But it took an ugly war, and Libyans are now facing the challenge of rebuilding and unifying their country. Among those suffering the consequences are the population of Tawergha, a coastal city of 30,000 inhabitants. During the war, many Tawerghans fought alongside Gaddafi’s forces. Many men were part of laying siege on the neighbouring Misrata, a city that suffered heavily during the months of fighting. When the war was nearing its end, Tawergha was captured by rebel groups from Misrata, who expelled the population and destroyed the houses. The inhabitants were forced to flee; today, many men are imprisoned while women, children and others are dispersed in refugee camps across the country. What will happen to them? The Tawerghans want to return to their homes, but the rebels guarding the city say that they can never come back.

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Wounded Prisoner (23-24)
Misrata, Tawergha, Libya
By Karim Mostafa
23 Feb 2012

2011 meant big changes for Libya. After forty years in power, former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted from power. But it took an ugly war, and Libyans are now facing the challenge of rebuilding and unifying their country. Among those suffering the consequences are the population of Tawergha, a coastal city of 30,000 inhabitants. During the war, many Tawerghans fought alongside Gaddafi’s forces. Many men were part of laying siege on the neighbouring Misrata, a city that suffered heavily during the months of fighting. When the war was nearing its end, Tawergha was captured by rebel groups from Misrata, who expelled the population and destroyed the houses. The inhabitants were forced to flee; today, many men are imprisoned while women, children and others are dispersed in refugee camps across the country. What will happen to them? The Tawerghans want to return to their homes, but the rebels guarding the city say that they can never come back.

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Life in Mogadishu 16
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
21 Feb 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a Somali fisherman carrying a hammerhead shark to the fish market in Mogadishu on 21 February 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 20
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
16 Feb 2012

As Al Shabaab was slowly being pushed out of the city, the Somalis commenced the reconstruction of their battered capital. Here local Somalis are working to rebuild parts of the old harbour in Mogadishu on 16 February 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 21
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
16 Feb 2012

As Al Shabaab was slowly being pushed out of the city, the Somalis commenced the reconstruction of their battered capital. Here local Somalis are working to rebuild parts of the old harbour in Mogadishu on 16 February 2012.

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Protesters Back in Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
24 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 25, 2012

Midnight in Tahrir Square. Street vendors are preparing for the reception of customers.
Protesters back in Tahrir Square with their tents, under the rain, and discussing politics.

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Midnight in Tahrir Square
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
24 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 25, 2012

Midnight prayer in Eldobara palace church.

People praying for the souls of the martyrs.

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Life in Mogadishu 06
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
20 Dec 2011

Life in the middle of a civil war caused constant suffering for the civilians. Here an injured Somali child receiving treatment at the Medina Hospital in the western part of Mogadishu on 20 December 2011.

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Life in Mogadishu 07
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
20 Dec 2011

Life in the middle of a civil war caused constant suffering for the civilians. Here an injured Somali man and his family receiving treatment at the Medina Hospital in the western part of Mogadishu on 20 December 2011.

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A fire in one of the apartment buildi...
Mohamed Mahmoud, Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
25 Nov 2011

November 22, 2011, -Cairo, Mohamed Mahmoud Street

A fire in one of the apartment buildings on Mohamed Mahoud St. The fire happened when police forces shot some bombs in the balcony of the building.

Some demonstrators tried to extinguish the fire.

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Police at the Gate
Mohamed Mahmoud, Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
24 Nov 2011

Police forces trying to enter Tahrir Square from Mohamed Mahmoud Street, and young Egyptians confronting them.

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Gas bomb in the dark
Mohamed Mahmoud, Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
21 Nov 2011

November 22, 2011 - Cairo

Mohamed Mahmoud St, dark and full of gas bombs.

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Protesters on Mohamed Mahmoud Street
Mohamed Mahmoud, Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
21 Nov 2011

November 21, 2011- Cairo

Protesters on Mohamed Mahmoud St, an entrance of Tahrir Square.

showered with tear gas, fighting back with fireballs .

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Front line of Mohamed Mahmoud Street - 3
Mohamed Mahmoud, Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
20 Nov 2011

November 21, 2011- Cairo

Front line of Mohamed Mahmoud St, protesters trying to escape from teargas, but some of them staying to film.

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Front line on Mohamed Mahmoud Street
Mohamed Mahmoud, Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
20 Nov 2011

November 20, 2011 - Cairo

Front line in the battle of Mohamed Mahmoud St, between police forces and protesters .

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African immigrants in Baghdad's Al-Ba...
Baghdad, Iraq
By Mariwan Salihi
06 Nov 2011

The "African ghetto" in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Al-Bataween was previously an affluent Jewish quarter, then inhabited by Iraqi Christians (mostly Armenians) after the Jews left Iraq when the state of Israel was created in 1948. Since the 1970s and 1980s, many African immigrants moved to this area, when Iraq was a rich nation with a large foreign presence. Many of the Africans --mostly Sudanese, Somalians and other East-Africans -- left Iraq in the 1990s and after the 2003 American invasion. But a large number of them still regard Iraq as their nation, and continue to live in this impoverished area in central Baghdad.

Once a posh area of the city, Al-Bataween is one of the last areas of the Iraqi capital where dozens of Baghdadi art-deco styled houses still remain --although in dire need of restoration. Anno 2011, it has been turned into a hub of illegal activity, including prostitution, drug dealing and other crimes - hence the comparison to a "ghetto."

Today, there's only one functioning Synagogue left - Meir Taweig - taken care of by Baghdad's last, and decreasing, Jewish community. There's also an Armenian Orthodox Church, at the end of the main street.

Date: November 6, 2011

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African immigrant in the Iraqi capita...
Baghdad, Iraq
By Mariwan Salihi
06 Nov 2011

The "African ghetto" in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Al-Bataween was previously an affluent Jewish quarter, then inhabited by Iraqi Christians (mostly Armenians) after the Jews left Iraq when the state of Israel was created in 1948. Since the 1970s and 1980s, many African immigrants moved to this area, when Iraq was a rich nation with a large foreign presence. Many of the Africans --mostly Sudanese, Somalians and other East-Africans -- left Iraq in the 1990s and after the 2003 American invasion. But a large number of them still regard Iraq as their nation, and continue to live in this impoverished area in central Baghdad.

Once a posh area of the city, Al-Bataween is one of the last areas of the Iraqi capital where dozens of Baghdadi art-deco styled houses still remain --although in dire need of restoration. Anno 2011, it has been turned into a hub of illegal activity, including prostitution, drug dealing and other crimes - hence the comparison to a "ghetto."

Today, there's only one functioning Synagogue left - Meir Taweig - taken care of by Baghdad's last, and decreasing, Jewish community. There's also an Armenian Orthodox Church, at the end of the main street.

Date: November 6, 2011