emerged that BBC
journalists in the
country were beaten
Three crew members
were held for 21
hours in ...
Meanwhile, it emerged that BBC journalists in the country were beaten by Colonel Gaddafi's forces.
Three crew members were held for 21 hours in various military compounds where they were hooded, handcuffed and subjected to a mock execution, the corporation said.
One, correspondent Feras Killani, a Palestinian refugee, said he was accused of being a British spy and believed he was going to be executed.
He said: "They knocked me down to the ground with their guns, AK-47s. I was down on my knees and I heard them cocking their guns.
"I was on the floor on my side, hands and feet cuffed, lying half on a mattress, and they were beating me
"I thought they were going to shoot me. It was a fake execution."
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "This is yet another example of the horrific crimes being committed in Libya.