Libyan NGO calls for investigation into Haftar’s crime

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A local Libyan non-governmental organization has asked to prosecute the warlord’s putschist general Khalifa Haftar’s militias for the crimes they committed during their military offensive against the capital Tripoli in 2019.

In a video appeal, Kamal al-Jamal, head of the Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Volcano of Anger, urged the families “to urge judicial and executive authorities to initiate a public lawsuit” against Haftar’s militias.

Haftar’s militias, with the support of Arab and European countries, launched a military offensive on April 4, 2019 to retake Tripoli. However, with Turkish security assistance, the legitimate government was able to avert Haftar’s attempt.

Hundreds of Libyan soldiers and civilians were killed or injured in Haftar’s attack, which also left a great mark of destruction.

“Justice will not be realized unless the perpetrators are actually held accountable by the judicial authorities,” al-Jamal said, noting that complaints made to the prosecutor so far have been “neglected and placed in the drawers.”

The association’s main goal, established in August 2020, is to support the families of Libyan soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in war. A total of 2,180 families are registered in the association.

On Thursday, 55 Libyan lawmakers criticized the “international silence” over the occasional mass graves discovered in the city of Tarhuna, south of Tripoli.

According to official Libyan sources, Haftar’s forces and affiliated militias committed war crimes and genocide between April 2019 and June 2020.

Since June last year, following the defeat of Haftar’s forces in the western parts of Libya, the Libyan government has discovered about 300 bodies in mass graves in Tarhuna and south of Tripoli.

Libya has been plagued by civil war since the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

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