Fadel Lamen recounts his harrowing experiences with the autocrat:
While I attended Tripoli University (al-Fateh) in 1980, Gaddafi ordered the college militarized. Along with other student leaders, I rejected this order. In response, he sent in his revolutionary guards militia.
Numerous students were hanged in the university's main square. The security forces also attacked a local mosque, which they believed was encouraging the disobedience. Several worshippers were arrested, and tortured to death; the imam, meanwhile, was taken to a wooden area outside Tripoli, shot, and buried.
(Photo: Prime Minister Tony Blair embraces Colonel Moammar Gadhafi after a meeting on May 29, 2007 in Sirte, Libya. Blair is on a five day visit to meet with African leaders as he prepares to stand down as Britain's Prime Minister on June 27. By Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.)
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