The Presidential Council has condemned the assassination of the mayor of Misrata city Mohammed Eshtiwi, saying it was a terrorist criminal act.
The PC slammed in a statement on Monday the murder of the mayor by unknown gunmen, explaining the security apparatuses are on the look for the criminals and "they won't escape justice."
"All those who worked to destabilize Libya must rethink their actions as the alternative to building a future Libya is a state of armed chaos. We all must be united against evil terrorist groups and the organized crime networks." The statement reads.
It also remarked that Eshtiwi was a patriot who saved no efforts to work for the country and the countrymen, offering condolences for his family and relatives.
Meanwhile, the High Council of State (HCS) also offered sincere condolences for the family and colleagues of the mayor, saying in a statement Monday that it condemns such chaotic and criminal acts that go against the Islamic teachings and the humanitarian conventions, saying the perpetrators shall sooner or later be punished.
On the other hand, the House of Representatives (HoR) also issued a statement denouncing the assassination of Eshtiwi, whom it said was known to be against terrorism and extremism and for being an advocate for building the future state of Libya.
"This is a cowardly terrorist act and the perpetrators must be brought to justice. We offer condolences to the family of the mayor and the city of Misrata." The HoR's statement reads.
Misrata Council of Dignitaries and Wisemen also condemned the assassination of Eshtiwi and called the city’s residents for unity to face the plots that aim to undermine Libya’s security and stability. It also called police forces to exert all efforts to identify the killers and bring them to justice.
In the meantime, condemnations from local and international parties also weighed in on the murder, including foreign embassies in Libya and the UNSMIL, with a unanimous call for probing the murder and trying the criminals in the courtroom.
Eshtiwi was kidnapped Sunday evening from in front of Misrata airport after he returned from a formal visit to Turkey. His car was shot at by unknown gunmen, leading it to stop so that his brother got shot before Eshtiwi was taken to an unknown location, where he was assassinated. Later, his body was found thrown in front of Al-Safwa clinic in Misrata.