Five Libyan troops loyal to the internationally recognised government were killed Friday and another 18 are missing after an attack on an eastern checkpoint allegedly carried out by the Islamic State group, a state news agency said.
The National Council for Public Freedoms and Human Rights has called for the immediate and unconditional release of General National Congress member Suleiman Zoubi, emphasizing the need to punish all those involved in his arrest and torture.
Ahmed Gaddaf Al Dam, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s cousin and former intelligences top ranked official, strongly condemned the death sentence decided by a Libyan court toward top ranked former Colonel’s aids among them his son Saif Al Islam.
In an exclusive statement to Al Arabiya News, Gaddaf Al Dam, said “This sentence blows up every hope and initiative for a dialogue and for Libya’s stability.” He added that sentences open the door wide wide to the violence.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was sentenced to capital punishment in absentia on Tuesday along with several other members of the country’s former government.
The trial, which lasted just two days, was conducted in Tripoli by an unrecognized Islamist government that came to power after forcing the rival government out of the Libyan capital.
A militia group from the town of Zintan is currently holding Saif and it’s unclear if the group will agree to give him up in order for the death sentence to be carried out.
Despite never having occupied any official positions in the Libyan government, Saif was the second most recognized person in the country and persistently denied claims that he was his father’s most likely successor.
“This is not a private farm to be inherited” and passing of power from father to son would put Libya “at square one again” in terms of political development, he said in a famous 2008 speech.
The trial of Muammar Gaddafi’s son and other alleged Libyan war criminals, who have been mistreated and tortured while detained, will unlikely be recognized internationally and may be regarded as flawed , John Jones, lawyer for Saif Gaddafi told RT. Trends Libyan conflict
Saif Gaddafi, the son of ousted and killed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is on trial for alleged war crimes. The court is expected to deliver its final verdict on Tuesday. Saif Gaddafi was considered to be the second most-influential figure in Libya even though he held no official position. Many former Libyan officials like the former head of the intelligence service, Abuzed Omar Dorda, are also facing trial.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the surviving son of Libya’s slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been sentenced to death in the country along with several other members of the former government. Trends Libyan conflict
He was sentenced in absentia on Tuesday along with other senior members of the former Libyan government, including Abdullah Senussi, Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief, and two former prime ministers, al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi and Abuzaid Dorda.
There were a total of 32 defendants tried in Tripoli, with the rest 23 handed down lesser punishments of prison sentences and fines.
The United Kingdom is capable of launching airstrikes on Libya or elsewhere in the world if there is a threat to Britain or its nationals, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday. The statement comes as Cameron begins a four-day South East Asia tour of talks with leaders covering a variety of topics, including countering Islamic extremism.
"If there is a threat to Britain or to our people on our streets, and we are able to stop it by taking immediate action against that threat, as Prime Minister I will always want to try and take that action. That is the case whether that problem is emanating from Libya, from Syria or anywhere else," The Telegraph quoted Cameron as saying.
Human Rights Watch: Gadhafi attorney didn't give final defense
Like the U.N. human rights office, Human Rights Watch asserted that the trial was flawed. Among other things, the group said that it appeared that Gadhafi's court-appointed lawyer didn't present a final defense pleading on Gadhafi's behalf.
It called for Libya's Supreme Court to review the cases.
"This trial has been plagued by persistent, credible allegations of fair trial breaches that warrant independent and impartial judicial review," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director for Human Rights Watch. "The victims of the serious crimes committed during the 2011 uprising deserve justice, but that can only be delivered through fair and transparent proceedings."
Human rights groups have condemned Saudi Arabia after the beheading of five foreigners this week. Experts warn 2015 will mark a dramatic increase in public executions, as 80 people have already been killed, compared to 88 in the whole of 2014.
7Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi approved a beheading of a woman as a wedding gift for a female religious judge, a defector from the terrorist group told Daily Mail in an exclusive interview, also describing other atrocities committed by the militants.
The populist leader of Italy’s second largest political party has called for the nationalisation of Italian banks and exit from the euro, and said the country should prepare to use its “enormous debt” as a weapon against Germany.
Former comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo, who transformed Italian politics when he launched his anti-establishment Five Star Movement in 2009, has long been a bombastic critic of the euro.
The Foreign Office is to face questions over Libya’s descent into a failed state, following the launch of an inquiry by an influential committee of MPs into Britain’s role in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi and the troubled aftermath.
Launching the inquiry, the Tory chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, Crispin Blunt, told the Guardian that the intervention and subsequent breakdown of the state had proved disastrous for Libya and posed a global security threat.
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