Feras Killani, Goktay Koraltan, and Chris Cobb-Smith were then detained for 21 hours and subjected to beatings and mock executions, they revealed in a BBC report published Thursday. This appeared to be their only interview since their release Tuesday.
“We were lined up against the wall. I was the last in line – facing the wall,” said Mr. Cobb-Smith, a British journalist, according to a transcript provided by the BBC. "I looked and I saw a plainclothes guy with a small submachine gun. He put it to everyone's neck. I saw him and he screamed at me. Then he walked up to me, put the gun to my neck and pulled the trigger twice. The bullets whisked past my ear. The soldiers just laughed."
The journalists told the BBC that they were taken to a large military barracks in Tripoli, where they saw other prisoners who appeared to have been tortured. Mr. Killani, a Palestinian refugee with a Syrian passport, said that many of the prisoners were from Zawiyah and were there because they were accused of being rebel fighters.
"Four of them were in a very bad situation,” Mr. Killani said of his fellow detainees. “There was evidence of torture on their faces and bodies. One of them said he had at least two broken ribs. I spent at least six hours helping them drink, sleep, urinate, and move from one side to another."
Killani was accused of spying and told that the Libyan government did not like their reporting on the uprising in Libya. Turkish cameraman Mr. Koraltan said that there “was a big operation going on there.”