Libya: ICC Arrest Warrant Issued against Key Haftar Ally Mahmoud AL-WERFALLI

International Criminal Court (“ICC”) has issued an arrest warrant for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf AL-WERFALLI, a key ally of the chief of so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar.

Issuing an arrest warrant on August 15, the ICC said that Al- Werfalli is “allegedly responsible for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in Libya.”

Libya has been a bloodbath ever since its former ruler Gaddafi was ousted. Two groups have engaged in a perpetual fight which left thousands dead and many others wounded.

Accusing him of committing crimes against humanity, ICC says, “Mr Al-Werfalli is alleged to have directly committed and to have ordered the commission of murder as a war crime in the context of seven incidents, involving 33 persons, which took place from on or before 3 June 2016 until on or about 17 July 2017 in Benghazi or surrounding areas, in Libya.”

After a bloody civil war spread out in Libya in 2011, its longstanding ruler Gaddafi was ousted and killed. Ever since the ouster of Gaddafi, two groups kept fighting each other to have the control over the country.

Mr. Werfalli has been accused of personally shooting down people and ordering the executions. He is accused of providing execution orders of both civilians and injured fighters.

Al Jazeera reported that the ICC judges said, “There is no information in the evidence to show that they have been afforded a trial by a legitimate court, whether military or otherwise, that would comport to any recognised standard of due process.”

According the the Al Jazeera report, ‘Mr. Werfalli is allegedly seen in video footage reading from a document before personally commanding a firing squad which then shoots 15 people wearing orange jumpsuits and black hoods, the ICC’s judges said.”

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