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Daily Archives: February 5, 2012
The Libyan authorities are being urged to investigate the death of a former ambassador, who was detained by an armed militia group in Tripoli.
The organisation, Human Rights Watch, says it believes Omar Brebesh was tortured to death.
The government has promised to investigate allegations of torture in many of the detention centres being run by the militias around the country and some prisons have been handed over to the justice ministry.… Read More
Photo Gallery: Syrians and Libyans Raise Syrian Revolution Flag at Russian Embassy in Tripoli, Libya
Syrians and Libyans wave the new Syrian flags as they protest outside the Russian embassy in Tripoli on February 5, 2012. Source: AFP Photo/Mahmud Turkia
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of Libya’s deposed leader Moammar Gadhafi, could go on trial “within weeks or months,” the country’s interior minister said Sunday.
The investigations into the death of Moammar Gadhafi after his capture last year could also be completed soon, Fawzy Abdilal said.
Saif al-Islam’s case will be handed to the courts as soon as the prosecutor general completes his investigations, Abdilal told CNN in an exclusive interview.
Once his father’s heir apparent, Saif al-Islam was captured in November and has been held in the Libyan city of Zintan since then.
Human Rights Watch said after visiting Saif al-Islam in custody last year that he should have a lawyer, but Abdilal implied he had not asked for one.
“He may have a lawyer if he asks for a lawyer,” the interior minister said. “Should Saif demand a lawyer, then a lawyer would be provided.”… Read More
Yesterday, Syrian revolutionaries and Libyans in Tripoli, Libya overtook the Syrian Embassy from the al-Assad regime and into the control of revolutionaries. This video shows the official handing over of the embassy by the National Transitional Council to the Syrian people. It is the first embassy to officially be under revolutionary control. Libyans will continue to stand by their brothers and sisters fighting for their freedom in Syria… Read More
A member of the opposition Syrian National Council said the group took control of Syria’s embassy in the Libyan capital on Saturday without meeting any resistance.
‘The Syrian National Council has taken physical control of the embassy today,’ said council member Anas Al Khalid.
‘Tomorrow we will officially take charge after signing some papers. The takeover has been peaceful. There was nobody in the embassy when we went inside,’ he told AFP.
Dozens of Syrians gathered outside the embassy in central Tripoli chanting slogans against President Bashar Al Assad.
‘Assad must be hanged!’ shouted the crowd as SNC activists went inside the mission.
‘After what happened in Homs yesterday, there was no way but to take charge of the embassy,’ said Khalid.… Read More
Libya put 41 loyalists of dead dictator Moamer Kadhafi on trial on Sunday, in the first legal proceedings launched against members of the former regime which was ousted in a bloody conflict.
The accused, mostly civilians, appeared in a military court in the eastern city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising against Kadhafi that ended on October 20 with his killing in his hometown of Sirte.
Their trial comes as human rights groups have raised concerns over Libya’s judicial system and also accused former rebels of “torturing” Kadhafi loyalists in custody.
“It is the first trial concerning the February 17 revolution,” judge Colonel Ali al-Hamida said at the start of the proceedings, referring to the day when the anti-Kadhafi conflict erupted last year in Benghazi.… Read More