July 28, 2015 / 11:17 AM / 3 years ago

U.N. human rights office deeply disturbed' by Libya death sentences

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office is “deeply disturbed” by death sentences handed down in a trial of former officials who served under Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, it said on Tuesday.

Saif al-Islam speaks to a youth rally in Tripoli, Libya March 10, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

“We had closely monitored the detention and trial and found that international fair trial standards had failed to be met,” it said in a statement, citing a failure to establish individual criminal responsibility, lack of access to lawyers, claims of ill-treatment, and trials conducted in absentia.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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