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Monday, July 9, 2012

The "Janat Hotel" Exposed?

July 9, 2012
By Adam Larson/Caustic Logic

In the course of some reading earlier this year, I and readers and contributors here have noticed some references to a place called something like "Janat hotel." I had gathered Janat meant - with ominous overtones - heaven. At least two survivors of the Free Libyan prison system of Misrata referred to it with dread. These I've previously mentioned here and here.

There are some grave allegations made between them, which I don't feel up to working in here at the moment. (maybe comments will help - Hurriya? - as well as time to get other things caught up) And I believe there are other claims around about the morbid locale that I'm even more hazy on. Was there systematic sexual abuse reported at this former luxury resort? Is this the spot where it was said some sick doctor from India was doing organ extractions, to let the militias turn prisoners into a few million dollars a piece?

Thanks to a tip from Hurriya, I learn that a guy from the UK Daily Mail now gets to expose the place. His report sounds none too positive by mainstream media standards, and tends to land with a well-weighted thud. But is it really the full story, or just an edge of it they felt compelled to acknowledge? Andrew Malone reports, July 6, in part:
Called Funduq Al-Jannah - Arabic for Heaven Hotel - it is an execution ground where up to 1,000 of Gaddafi’s fighters were taken by the victorious rebel army, then slaughtered in cold-blooded vengeance.

Everyone in Misrata knows of the events that unfolded at this desolate spot, but no outsiders had been here until I visited this week and heard the full harrowing details of what happened at Heaven Hotel - a bitterly ironic name, as I shall explain.
Malone learned of the horrors from "a group of fighters I came to know at the height of Gaddafi’s siege of the town last year." They took him to the site and explained how loyalist and suspected loyalist prisoners were executed here "after being tortured at rebel bases." They were the "worst of the worst," rebels said, certainly guilty of rape and/or torture. "Many had been mutilated and made to drink diesel - a form of torture common in Libya." Found guilty and driven to the beach, they were unloaded, laid out, and at first, had their throats slit. Later, it was ordered they should do it with guns. The bodies had been buried in huge piles of gravel and sand nearby. At the time of Malone's visit, families played in the surf nearby.
Misrata’s rebel fighters reassured them they would not be harmed, that they were simply being taken for questioning at the ‘hotel’. It was a lie. As soon as the captives arrived, the killing started. 
‘I’d told one of these dogs that we were taking them to Funduq Al-Jannah near the beach - he was really pleased and said that was good because his aunt lived in the area,’ a Misratan revolutionary told me. ‘We cut his throat first.’

Alleged scale and duration of the execution spree:
Every one of them denied killing any captives themselves. ‘We burned some of the bodies before burying them in the sand,’ I was told. ‘I don’t know how many were killed - as many as 1,000.’  
Most died in the immediate aftermath of the end of the war last August. But sources say people were still being taken to Heaven Hotel earlier this year.
It's not clear how far back the killings go. It was in about April 2011 that the rebel militias established full control of the area, and could kill those they captured anywhere, at leisure, thereafter.

This report is admirably dark-sounding and closer to reality than we've been normally allowed, with a lot of the previously-known rebel bad side hanging out to see. They admit with every word that they are jerks, and gravely so. They still call their victims dogs, still leaving the bodies rotting a year later.

But  it still feels a little clean and simplified, according to these "full, harrowing details." We're reminded of the alleged horrors in the siege of Misrata. The victims here were real soldier types and mercenaries who took part, even if the confessions were sometimes a little forced. Torture occurred, but only to the point of confession to a true and heinous crime. Simple execution, a bit of burning, and an unacknowledged mass grave, are the worst that happened at the Janat hotel. It happened perhaps a thousand or so times over, but the whole thing is not quite as sick morbid as I had previously thought. That was in part my imagination filling in for partial info I never considered closely. But the info was from people who had served time in a system that had the "heaven hotel" as one of its designated exits...

The picture painted for Malone could be a realist piece, an impressionist piece, or a forgery. It could be what they call a limited hangout, where a part of a suspected truth, or a version of it, is acknowledged, while helping conceal darker secrets yet. Limited hangouts are often displayed with a suspicious air of total openness. Since they seemed so open, and did admit to bad things, that must be all there was to admit, we're to presume.

Beyond that question, I must protest the article's casual references to some supposed fact that African mercenaries fought for the Libyan government in any real number. Likewise, the Tawerghans have been 'white-washed.' Malone argues that most of the Blacks of Tawergha were not really loyalists, in a fighting sense anyway - they've just been confused with the Afro-mercs. Were they good and brave people? I presume so, and so they likely fought with or actively supported the Jamahiriya. But that's not the main point here. Except, as usual with the mainstream media, it is a main point.


  1. Looks like Jannat Hotel is slang for the cemetery for Gaddafi soldiers in Misrata.

    freedomgroupTV Freedom Group
    Jannat hotel in muisrata. … 318 star ... The highest degree of comfort and luxury, we reach the stage of "mesh... fb.me/1dXrlZJ7j
    2:24 AM Dec 8th, 2011

    wheelertweets James Wheeler [American volunteer for the Libyan revolution. Advocate for the health & welfare of the injured]
    9 May 2012 at Jannat Hotel: a beach-side burial site in Misurata for some of the #Gaddafi forces killed last year. twitpic.com/9jij8c
    10:13 AM May 10th

  2. Hmmm... well, we already knew about that "invader's cemetery." It is on the beach near Misrata, and had 800+ bodies last I heard. And some people have referred to it by the hotel name. The firstcould be guessing, but a volunteer in Misrata would be repeating a name actually used there.

    But... he describes the bodies as under a pile of gravel and such. Did they cover this graveyard altogether? Was the pile jut to bury sandals and empty clips? Another 1,000, another spot? The hotel itself? Violations of the bodies buried in the spot(s)? Still room for wondering, but it could also just be a re-publication of the same basic thing, for some reason, trying to make it seem like something new, an added horror. Why?

    Not arguing with you here, just thinking about remaining questions and possibilities.

  3. Because many thousands people have died in Misratha , I started to count the looses at rebel side .

    The civilians reported I will mention too, though it is n't clear if they were Towerghans living in Misratha or loyalists victims as reported by Susan Lindauer :
    They did this while the girls were alive and screaming. All the girls died hideous deaths

    atrocities in Misurata : 1 neighborhood once had 4/5ths Black population depopulated of its Black citizens.

    The disclosure of mass graves seems to relate to the aftermath of the battle of Misurata, a decisive rebel victory that took place in May. In this context, the graves presumably contain the corpses of government soldiers, although the Misurata Brigade is also widely believed to be responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Tawergha, where thousands of civilians disappeared.

    1. Thanks for this and the following. Bulk stuff, background...

      It's worth wondering about these shelling deaths -I've seen a couple in Syria that look possible mangled by artillery or falling masonry, except for the slash and stab wounds. Maybe the shelling was done with sledgehammers and crow bars. Presumably children of loyalist families. Might have been the same in Libya. I'm more open-minded about the the rape party allegations now, but spelling out words with severed breasts still is a bit much.

      Anyway, on what you share below, will report back on anything obviously interesting to me.

  4. the rebel claimed looses :

    APRIL 16: The Wall Street Journal reports on rebel gains in an area southwest of the city of Misrata. A doctor working with the rebels stated that the area, Al-Ghayran, is serving as the main front line in the battle. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that “Doctors reached through Skype said five people died in [Misrata] on Saturday, bringing the death toll there to 36 in the past three days alone and at least 276 since the siege began in late February.” (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post)
    APRIL 17: At least seventeen people were killed in Misrata as rebels gained new ground in the city. Considered one of the bloodiest days of fighting in the city, pro-Qaddafi forces continued to pound the city with rocket and artillery fire. Meanwhile, health officials in the city estimate that approximately 600 to 700 people have died in Misrata since the uprising began. (Wall Street Journal)
    According to Dr. Muhammad el-Fortia, who works at Misrata Hospital, medical facilities have recorded 257 people killed and 949 wounded and hospitalized since February 19, 2011. The wounded include 22 women and eight children, he said.
    "This is very sensitive - a delicate matter," says Dr Ismael Fortia, an obstetrician living in Misrata, who is now on a medical committee that has been set up to investigate the rape allegations and to try to help any victims. "No victims have come forward,
    Tue Apr 19, 2011"Fifty days into the fighting in Misrata, the full picture of the toll on children is emerging -- far worse than we had feared and certain to get worse unless there is a ceasefire," said Marixie Mercado of the U.N. children's fund UNICEF.
    "We have at least 20 verified child deaths and many more injuries due to shrapnel from mortars and tanks and bullet wounds," she told a news briefing in Geneva.

    Human Rights Watch could not verify the doctors' figures or determine to what extent government forces or rebel fighters were responsible for civilian casualties.

  5. APRIL 28: Twelve people were killed in Misrata on Thursday in shelling by pro-Qaddafi forces.

    A local doctor said, “Here in Misrata we have 12 killed, including two females. Those killed were ... shelled by Grad (rockets) at their homes or shelled by mortars." (Reuters)

    Thursday 28 April 2011 Up to 15 people, believed to be rebel fighters, may have been killed in a NATO airstrike in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, local sources tell Channel 4 News.

    NATO confirmed that an airstrike had taken place near Misrata in the last 24 hours.

    A NATO official told Channel 4 News: "NATO aircraft struck a number of combat vehicles 10 miles south east of Misrata port yesterday, targeting an area where NATO forces had broken up a large group of pro-Gaddafi forces on Tuesday.= 26 april

  6. 2011-05-11 , Saad El-Oud : there might be more people killed in Misrata as a lot of them could not be registered.


    More than 1,000 killed in Misrata: rights group : Saad El-Oud, president of the independent Libyan Human Rights Watch, said based on their survey in Misrata, there might be more people killed in Misrata as a lot of them could not be registered.

  7. MAY 11: Rebel forces took control of the airport in Misrata after heavy clashes with pro-Qaddafi forces.

    The rebels also seized weapons and ammunition from the government’s retreating forces.

    A rebel spokesperson said that five rebels were killed and 105 injured in two days of fighting in the city.

    MAY 14: EuroNews reports that Libyan rebels have driven the last of Qaddafi forces from Misrata, following weeks of clashes.

    Footage attained by the media outlet shows the rebels preparing to make territorial advancements outside of the city to “stem any further attacks by Qaddafi loyalists.” (EuroNews)

    MAY 25: Over the course of the seven-week siege by pro-Qaddafi troops on the rebel-held city of Misrata, over 1,000 men and women have gone missing. Abdel Hadi, a former prosecutor now in charge of the missing persons file, stated that many of the men and women have been “forcibly taken away” by Qaddafi troops, while others may have left to escape the violence. (Associated Press)

    17 June 2011 Ten killed in Misrata, medics say

  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZc83I7dII&feature=endscreen&NR=1

    7000 graves @ 0.48

    Saad El-Oud, Libyan HRW: more people killed in Misrata as a lot of them could not be registered.

    He means at rebel side , but counting the rebel looses his remark gets a complete other meaning

  9. death toll since fighting began six weeks ago:

    Hundreds killed in Misrata, Libya in past week, doctor says
    By REUTERS 04/02/2011 23:36

    TUNIS - About 160 people have been killed in the besieged city of Misrata over the past week in fighting between rebels and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces, a doctor said on Saturday.

    Misrata is the last big rebel stronghold in western Libya but after weeks of shelling and encirclement, government forces appear to be gradually loosening the rebels' hold on the city, despite Western air strikes on pro-Gaddafi targets there.

    "160 people, mostly civilians, were killed in fighting in Misrata over the last seven days," a doctor who gave his name as Ramadan told Reuters by phone from the city, after consulting other medics at Misrata's hospital.

    Ramadan had no figure for the total deathtoll since fighting began six weeks ago.

    "But every week between 100 and 140 people are reported killed -- multiply this by six and our estimates are 600 to 1000 deaths since the fighting started," he said.

  10. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xi13re_nato-30-of-libyan-military-destroyed-misrata-a-priority_news
    NATO: 30% of Libyan military destroyed, Misrata a priority

    "Bodies of Gadhafi's troops are everywhere in the streets and in the buildings. We can't tell how many. Some have been there for days," said Mohammed Ibrahim, a resident

  11. http://www.maktoobblog.com/redirectLink.php?link=https%3A%2F%2Fspreadsheets.google.com%2Fpub%3Fhl%3Den_GB%26hl%3Den_GB%26key%3D0Anh6Vdi8_mOEdDhZcnpVdHF0dDUxVUJKaXdOa1A3a0E%26output%3Dhtml

    misrata list claiming 835 martyrs


    on 19/05/2011 أحمد محمد المازق 531 deads claimed in misrata

  12. 20 may
    Tue Aug 30, 2011 Misrata was liberated by rebels in May after a fierce three-month battle, and they now control most of the country.

    "The abuses that we gathered evidence of in Misrata are some of the most egregious war crimes and crimes against humanity I've heard of in Libya," said Richard Sollom, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights and author of the report.

    "There has been some evidence of crimes committed by rebel forces, but certainly nothing anywhere near as widespread and systematic as those committed by Gaddafi's forces."

    A single act can be deemed a war crime, but when troops commit "systematic and widespread" crimes against civilians, that is a crime against humanity, Sollom said.


    liberation, they say, on 20 may :


  13. ??? checking the spreadsheet mentioned above most victims are claimed after20 may:

    19/05/2011 أحمد محمد المازق 531

    Conservative estimates by human rights organizations put the number of dead in Misrata at 2,000.

    Everyone here, it seems, knows someone who was killed in the war.Oct 26, 2011


    Makes me wonder who were the victims in reality?

  14. The estimate of 1,000 missing by the Red Cross includes many migrant workers, Ms. Pittet said, and was gathered by field offices in Tripoli; Misurata, scene of the worst fighting; and Benghazi, where the revolution began.


  15. how many martyrs do the rebels claim in the first 6 - 9 months of the civil war ?

    benghazi :a Twitter message by Al Arabiya, February 23th. A message which makes Qadafi out to be a Hitler, and even more outrageous and cruel: “the repression in Libya has already claimed 10,000 dead and 50,000 injured.”

    700 in zawiya ,acc to dr Mohammed Ali Leghuil

    About 50,000 people were killed since the start of the uprising,” Colonel Hisham Buhagiar, commander of the anti-Gaddafi troops who advanced out of the Western Mountains and took Tripoli a week ago,
    told Reuters.

    “In Misrata and Zlitan between 15,000 and 17,000 were killed and Jebel Nafusa (the Western Mountains) took a lot of casualties. We liberated about 28,000 prisoners. We presume that all those missing are dead,”
    he said.

    “Then there was Ajdabiyah, Brega. Many people were killed there too,” he said, referring to towns repeatedly fought over in eastern Libya.

    The figures included those killed in the fighting between Gaddafi’s troops and his foes, and those who have gone missing over the past six months, he said.

  16. Libya Counts More Martyrs Than Bodies

    It has also become a politically delicate issue, with some new government officials refusing to release hard statistics on casualties and human rights groups cautious about taking a definitive position.

    At the Ministry of Health, Mohammed al-Ghazwi, who leads a newly formed Committee on the Dead, charged with confirming death tolls from the conflict, was reluctant to give any numbers out

    Dr. Algedar does not hesitate to confirm the widely quoted figure of dead and missing. “Thirty to fifty thousand is a credible number,” he said. “The destination of the missing is a mystery.”

    His view is shared by Dr. Othman el-Zentani, a forensic pathologist who has been put in charge of the National Council of the Missing, joining various ministries and international agencies like the Red Cross in an effort to rationalize the lists of missing.

    1. “The destination of the missing is a mystery.”

      Before the mass grave. Baboons surrounded the man

      Libya Mass Executions

    2. “The destination of the missing is a mystery.”

      The arrest of mercenaries for Gaddafi in Misurata

      Gaddafi mercenaries dead bodies in streets of Misurata 06/03

    3. It has also become a politically delicate issue, with some new government officials refusing to release hard statistics on casualties and human rights groups cautious about taking a definitive position :

      the process of uncovering the truth could spawn more violence, and is especially hazardous in a country where families and clans harbor blood feuds and feel the need to avenge wrongs inflicted long ago.

      Many people who benefited from Gaddafi’s rule have a vested interest in preventing too much history from seeing the light of day.

      They include members of the business and administrative elite and intelligence officials who continue to work even now for the new Libyan authorities.
      There are plenty of transitional government members who worked in the Gaddafi regime, and who may prefer that the past remain opaque—including the country’s interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil, who served as Gaddafi’s justice minister.


      One analyst described his dead banker eyes. He's a technocrat, an imperial tool. Before he defected, he headed Gaddafi's National Planning Council and National Economic Development Board. Other ministers reported to him. 

      Mustafa Abdul Jalil served as Gaddafi's justice minister. On February 21, 2011, his true intentions emerged. He defected. On February 26, he established "transitional government." 
      A Libyan national, Jabril specializes in strategic planning and decision making. He and others drafted a Unified Arab Training manual. In the late 1980s, he organized and administered Arab training conferences.

    4. In early 2011, reports suggested Jibril urged Western intervention to oust Gaddafi. After bombing began, he reportedly met Senator John Kerry (D. MA) in Cairo

    5. Americans appear to have an astonishing ability to ignore the fact that their government has invaded nations repeatedly and without justification, killing millions of civilians in dozens of countries around the world.

  17. “The numbers you’re hearing in the press, they’re just basically guesses,” said Stefan Schmitt,
    a forensic anthropologist with Physicians for Human Rights,
    who was in Libya recently to advise the authorities on how to handle mass graves.

    “It’s too early to really know.”

  18. Beautiful young man dr Salah Salem tortured to death by rebels Misurata

  19. كشف جديد 17/10/2011 / اسماء المفقودين والقتلى لعملاء الناتو وعباد الصليب وحملة رايات الصليب .

    اسماء الجيف من الجرذان على الجبهات وتم دفنهم فى الاوديه بعد حرقهم وخافوا من ذويهم فقالوا لذويهم انهم مفقدون

    انما الحقيه الخفيه تم حرق جثثهم وقام ثوار الناتو بدفنهم حتى قتلى مجلس الحكم الانتقالى لم يسلموا من الحرق لتضيع معالم الجثث ولعدم مسألة ذويهم للمجلس لماذا تم حرقهم ولكى لايقع اعضاء مجلس الحكم الانتقالى فى ليبيا تحت بند جرائم حرب

    ولكن وقعوا بالفعل فمن كان لديه جندى او سافك دماء يتبع المجلس وغاب عنه فمجلس الحكم الانتقامى حرقه ودفنه فى الصحراء الليبيه واللهم ان لم يكن حملهم على باخرة من بواخر الناتو وجعلهم طعام للاسماك

    واجبنا سرد الحقائق وفضح المؤامرات للشرفاء العرب والمنظمات الدوليه ولجامعة الدول العربيه التى سقطت ليسوا مفقودون كما يدعى المجلس انما قاموا بحرق جثثهم

    الى جهنم غير مأسوف عليكم

    كشف حديث / اسماء المفقودين والقتلى جديد

    523 names of whom ?

    Names of the carcasses of rats on the fronts were buried in the valleys after burning and they were afraid of their parents and they said to their parents that they Mvkaddon

    Glenoid hidden but their bodies were burned by the rebels and NATO Bdvenhm even dead IGC not spared from the burning of the features of wasted bodies and not to question their parents to the Council for what was burning and in order to Aiga members of the Interim Governing Council in Libya under war crimes


  20. http://www.algeria-isp.com/actualites/politique-libye/201207-A10875/libye-les-rebelles-misrata-volent-les-organes-humaines-juillet-2012.html

    Les rebelles de Misrata volent les organes humaines
    The rebels of misrata has stolen human organs

    An interview with a victim of these barbarians

  21. http://libyaagainstsuperpowermedia.com/2012/07/31/from-libya-30072012/

    Organ trafficking in Misratah is standard practice, as this man who has been interviewed and filmed explaining that he was locked in jail Misuratah, then went to the hospital, then released him.

    I felt so much pain and did not know what was wrong so I went to the doctor and saw that he was missing a kidney.

    He asked what had happened in the hospital, but was told that they had not touched his kidneys until he managed to tell someone the truth. There is a line direct air traffic between Misurata and Malta.

  22. Idras did nothing to stop NWO pedophiles from raiding Libya for sex slaves.


    Idris, GBE (Arabic: إدريس الأول‎), born Sayyid Muhammad Idris bin Sayyid Muhammad al-Mahdi al-Senussi (12 March 1889 – 25 May 1983) [1], was the first king of Libya, reigning from 1951 to 1969, and the Chief of the Senussi Muslim order.


    The 105 children, part of more than 1,000 missing, were "kidnapped" by rebel forces as they entered Misrata and went on a killing spree, some of which has been documented by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International among other groups.

    There is no question that the children are no longer in their sheltered facility. But from there what became of them remains a mystery.

    The Libyan government claims the youngsters were kidnapped by rebels who went on a rampage in late February.

    Several reports from eyewitnesses claim that the children were last seen being put onto either a Turkish, Italian, or French boat.

    More than one witness claimed to have witnessed some of the children being sold in Tunisia.

    On his tweeter page, the local Russian Telesur reporter said that "several sources have affirmed that the 105 children were taken out of the country in a ship that could be Turkish, French or Italian."

  23. Only a few prisoners have managed to get their stories out.

    “The treatment was inhuman,” said Doctor Osama Mussa, as the prison guards around him looked uneasy.

    ”They burnt people with cigarettes, beat their feet, hung men by their arms – look here,” he said, showing dark swollen rings and scars around his and other prisoners’ wrists and arms.[11]

    Four of five prisoners detained by a militia in Misrata told that they were forced to drink fuel, were stripped and beaten with metal cables, and driven to a secret location were they saw a lot of blood on the walls.

    In their own words, they could smell death. After being held for four days, the guards poured alcohol over the bodies of some of the prisoners and burned them alive (including the fifth from the group).[12]


  24. 16 oct 2012 ANKARA. The so-called Free Syrian Army is trafficking the body organs of Syrian civilians and army soldiers after kidnapping and murdering them, media reports said.

    The FSA rebels in Syria trade the body organs of the Syrian martyrs whom they abduct and kill. Then, they sell the stolen body organs to organ traffickers at expensive prices, Turkish newspaper Yurt wrote.

    The newspaper’s correspondent in Syria has shed the light on heinous events and violations regarding the organ trafficking by FSA terrorists.

    “Most of the Syrians abducted by the armed groups are killed, and then gunmen trade in their corpses through removing their kidneys, eyes and liver,” the daily quoted a Syrian citizen as saying.

    It added that the Syrian citizen underlined that “unknown persons contacted him and offered 300,000 Syrian Pounds in return for handing them the body of his brother who was martyred at the hands of terrorists”.



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