Libyan militant leader Mahmoud al-Werfalli arrested

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By Lorlornyofm August 18, 2017 21:14

Libyan militant leader Mahmoud al-Werfalli arrested

Libya’s eastern-based army says it has arrested Mahmoud Al-Warfalli, a self-styled militant leader, who is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes.

A warrant for Mr Warfalli’s arrest was issued on Tuesday.

He is a commander in the special forces unit that is nominally under the self-styled army in eastern Libya, known as the LNA.

The group fought against a mix of Islamist militias in the city for three years, and declared they liberated the northern city of Benghazi in July.

Mr Werfalli is accused of carrying out and ordering the killings of 33 people in seven separate incidents over the past year.

In recent months several videos circulated online, some of which appear to show him either carrying out or ordering the execution of what is alleged to be captured Islamist fighters in and around Benghazi.

Those killed are unarmed men who were shot in the back of the head.

A statement from Libya’s eastern-based army says Mahmoud Al-Werfali was arrested earlier this month and investigated by a military prosecutor.

It adds that they are ready to cooperate with the ICC “by sharing trial proceedings” against Mr Werfalli.

However, there is no indication that the military authorities in eastern Libya are prepared to hand him over to The Hague.

Source: bbc.com

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