Libya warlord's crimes dossier presented to the ICC by human rights lawyers

Libya warlord's crimes dossier presented to the ICC by human rights lawyers

November 14, 2017 - 22:00
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Human rights lawyers from Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers have provided viable evidence to the International Criminal Court that could find the commander of the self-styled army in east Libya, Khalifa Haftar, in The Hague.

On Tuesday in a press conference in The Hague, the prominent British lawyer, Toby Cadman, said Haftar and forces under his command are responsible for crimes including murder, torture and persecution, adding that the filing of the lawsuit at the ICC would tackle different incidents.

"We have documented concrete evidence from two incidents in 2014 and one incident in 2017 and all of them include war crimes and human rights violations made by Haftar's forces." Mr. Cadman explained in the presser.

He also presented to the ICC a dossier, including witness statements all leading to the atrocities committed by forces under the command of Haftar.

"There are credible reports, underpinned by first-hand evidence that individuals within the chain of (Haftar's) command have, and continue to commit war crimes and/or crimes against humanity in their pursuit of power." Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers underscored in a statement.

Mr. Cadman told reporters that the ICC is working on limited resources and funds, saying there are certain countries that are not willing to aid it in its search for facts regarding war crimes, human rights abuses and violations in Libya.

"I hope that those countries would provide some assistance to the ICC at the New York meeting in next December." He explained.

The ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, told the United Nations Security Council last week that investigations in Libya will be a priority for her office in 2018, and Cadman emphasized it.

The ICC issued an arrest warrant in last August for Mahmoud Al-Werfalli, who is the commander of Saiqa Force of Haftar's forces, for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Bensouda from the UNSC Haftar to cooperate with her office and surrender Al-Werfalli, which has not yet happened as the latter is still as free as a bird.