Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
Last updated 31 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
Suspend Jalil trial, HRW urges Libya
December 22, 2012
 Print    Send to Friend

TRIPOLI: Libya should suspend the trial of former  interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil before a military court and stop civilian  cases in such tribunals, a rights watchdog said.    

“Libyan authorities should immediately cancel the impending trial of former National Transitional Council (NTC) chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil in front of a  military court,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement issued late Thursday.    

The New York-based group urged the Libyan authorities to amend the law to prohibit military courts from trying civilians and to include a guarantee in the yet-to-be drafted constitution to the same effect.    

“Dragging civilians in front of a military tribunal clearly violates international law and sets a dangerous precedent for Libya’s civilian justice system,” HRW’s Joe Stork said in the statement.    

The trial of Jalil, the group added, should be transferred to a  “civilian court if there is credible proof of wrongdoing.”

Jalil, accused of abuse of power and undermining national security over the killing of a rebel general in Libya’s 2011 revolt, faces a travel ban  and is due to appear in court on Feb.20.    

Jalil was chairman of NTC, a  political body representing the rebels during last year’s conflict, which ended  in the ouster and death of dictator Muammar Qadhafi.    

The prosecutors have also summoned for questioning Mahmud Jibril, who was the head of the NTC’s executive committee at the time and who played a critical role  winning international support for the Libyan revolution, the same source said.

Jibril now leads a liberal coalition of political parties.

General Yunes, the highest-ranking military figure to join the uprising last year, was killed in July 2011 in murky circumstances after being recalled  from the front line for questioning.    

Agence France-Presse


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Post a comment
Related Stories
Libyan rivals sit down for talks on reconciliation
TRIPOLI: Opposing factions in the Libyan parliament met Monday for UN-brokered talks aimed at ending a split which has left the violence-plagued country with rival govern..
Libyan PM, ministers take oath
TOBRUK: Libya’s Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thinni and his cabinet took the oath of office on Sunday after lawmakers approved the lineup, but will struggle to rule a count..
Ukrainian doctor, wife abducted in Benghazi
TRIPOLI: A Ukrainian doctor and his wife have been kidnapped in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a stronghold of militias, the Libyan health ministry said on Thursday..
Libya PM wins MPs’ approval for new line-up
TRIPOLI: Libya’s Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thani won the blessing of parliament for his proposed cabinet of 13 ministers, after a previous line-up was rejected. Than..
UN aims to convene Libya talks next week
TRIPOLI: The UN mission in Libya is hoping to convene a political dialogue next week aimed at resolving months of crisis in the country where rival governments are vying ..
Advertise | Copyright