Gadhafi's Son Apologizes to Libyans on State TV

Libyan state TV airs video showing jailed Saadi Gadhafi in blue prison uniform saying he is sorry for the 'harm and disturbances.'

Saadi Gaddafi
Saadi Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi, looks on inside a prison in Tripoli in this handout photograph provided by the prison's relations department on March 6, 2014. Reuters

Libyan state TV has aired footage showing one of late dictator Muammar Gadhafi's sons jailed in Libya apologizing to the nation and asking for forgiveness. Prison authorities say the video, broadcast late Thursday, is in response to "rumors" that al-Saadi Gadhafi is being tortured in custody.

Al-Saadi was extradited to Libya earlier this month from Niger, where he had taken refuge as his father's regime crumbled in 2011.

The Libyan government is preparing to prosecute him for his alleged role in trying to suppress the uprising against Gadhafi's rule.

In the video, al-Saadi is seen wearing blue prison uniform, sitting in what looks like an office. He says he is sorry for the "harm and disturbances" — without elaborating — and says he is being treated well in prison.