Arrest warrant required for coup leader Haftar in Libya

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The Libyan military prosecutor demanded Thursday that orders to arrest renegade General Khalifa Haftar be carried out, according to Libyan TV channel Al-Ahrar.

The Military Prosecutor’s Office chaired by Mohammed Gharouda sent a message to the Criminal Investigations Agency demanding “the execution of the arrest warrants issued by the Public Prosecutor’s Office by the competent judicial officer” for five cases in 2019-2020.

The office gave more details on the five cases, but said Haftar violated military law by running for president because “Haftar is an officer in the Libyan army and carried out the nomination procedures for the High. National Electoral Commission ”.

She stressed that such a violation “will be punished by a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years”.

Nearly 100 candidates have registered to run in the Libyan presidential elections on December 24, including Haftar, transitional prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and the son of former strong leader Muammar Gaddafi Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, who has been disqualified Wednesday by a Libyan court for committing war crimes. .

Presidential and parliamentary elections are expected to take place under a UN-sponsored deal struck by Libyan political rivals last November.

The application deadline for those wishing to run for president was November 22. Candidatures for parliamentary elections remain open until December 7.

Libyans hope the upcoming elections will help end the armed conflict that has plagued the oil-rich country for years.

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