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Libya executing foes, rights group charges

Amnesty International charged today that the Libyan government was executing and torturing political opponents. In a message to Col. Muammar Qaddafi, the London-based human rights organization called on the Libyan leader to renounce what it described as his government's official policy of ''physical liquidation'' of enemies.

It expressed particular alarm over reports that seven men were publicly hanged without trial in Libya between June 3 and 7 on suspicion of opposition to the government.

Amnesty said hundreds of people had been arrested in a crackdown on real or alleged government opponents after an abortive attack last month on Qaddafi's headquarters in Tripoli.

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