The military court in Misurata sentences Khalifa Haftar to death
Today, Thursday, the Permanent Military Court in Misurata issued a death sentence against retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, following the case related to the bombing of the Air College in Misurata in 2019 during his attack on the capital, Tripoli.
The ruling came after the Electoral Commission accepted Haftar’s candidacy to run in the presidential vote scheduled for next month, which sparked an outcry in Libyan political circles.
The Office of the Military Prosecutor stated that the bombing of the Air College in Misurata by a plane belonging to the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar resulted in the killing of a soldier from the forces of the Government of National Accord.
The ruling of the military court, beside Haftar, included Abd al-Raziq al-Nadori, Saqr al-Jarushi, Abd al-Salam al-Hassi and other leaders of Haftar’s forces.
The Military Prosecutor’s Office indicated that the ruling against Haftar and the leaders of his forces permanently deprives them of their civil rights, and the court ordered their expulsion from military service.
Earlier, the Military Prosecutor in Libya demanded the implementation of seizure orders against retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, against the background of 5 cases and his violation of the military law, according to local media.
This came in a correspondence directed by Mohamed Gharouda, Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Military Prosecutor’s Office, to the Criminal Investigation Agency, and it was published by the private “Libya Al-Ahrar” channel.
The Military Prosecutor’s Office demanded the implementation of the seizure orders issued by the Public Prosecution by the competent judicial officer, in the context of 5 cases for the years 2019 and 2020.
The office stressed the need to restrict the cases to criminal records, without details of those cases.
Violation of military law
On violating the military law by running for the presidential elections, the Public Prosecutor’s Office said that “Haftar is an officer in the Libyan army and has taken the nomination procedures for the High National Elections Commission.”
He added that whoever holds or participates in political meetings, belongs to a political body, participates in demonstrations, unrest, or election campaigns, or writes political articles under an explicit or pseudonym, or delivers political speeches, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period not exceeding 5 years. or incited others to do any of the aforementioned acts.
Yesterday, Wednesday, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Deputy US Ambassador to the United Nations, called on the Libyan National Unity Government to take all possible measures to secure the arrest and surrender of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and the rest of those wanted by the International Criminal Court.
The US official stressed the need not to allow perpetrators of grave violations of human rights and war crimes to continue to practice violations.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the Libyan Electoral Commission announced a preliminary list of 73 candidates for the presidential elections scheduled for next December 24, including Haftar, Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh and Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, in addition to another list of 25 excluded, including Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.