Libyan state TV has aired footage showing one of late dictator Muammar Qadhafi’s sons jailed in Libya apologising to the nation and asking for forgiveness.

Prison authorities said the video, broadcast late Thursday, is in response to “rumours” that Al-Saadi Qadhafi 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 Qadhafi’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.

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