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September 2nd, 2011
04:30 PM ET

American doctor thought he'd die in Libyan prison

An American surgeon from West Virginia was locked up in the Libyan prison, Abu Salim for five months as he fought in the revolution to oust Gadhafi. Human rights activists have been watching that prison for years because they say hundreds of people die there. As the rebels closed in on Tripoli, they also liberated the prison, sending all the prisoners out into the streets. Dr. Rida Mazagri is one of those prisoners who is now safe on American soil. He grew up in Libya but had only recently returned to the country to support the rebels. He tells CNN's Brooke Baldwin about the horrifying ordeal he endured.

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