The United Nations human rights body has urged Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army in east Libya to set up an inquiry into summary executions of captives, demanding it to suspend the notorious killer Captain Mahmoud Al-Wirfalli.
In a news briefing in Geneva on Tuesday, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell voiced deep concern for the safety of individuals taken prisoner by members of the army, saying they may be at imminent risk of torture and even summary execution.
The spokeswoman said reports had suggested the involvement of Saiqa Forces in torturing detainees and summarily executing at least 10 captured men. (See Photos)
“Our concern is based on reports suggesting the involvement of the Special Forces, a unit aligned with the LNA, and in particular their field commander, Mahmoud Al-Wirfalli, in torturing detainees and summarily executing at least 10 captured men,” Liz Throssell noted.
“We urge the LNA to ensure there is a full, impartial investigation into these allegations and also call on the group to suspend Al-Wirfalli from his duties as a Special Forces field commander pending the conclusion of such an investigation,” she added.
Throssell stated that, in March, the army announced investigations into alleged human rights abuses, but it has not shared any information regarding the status of the inquiries.
Observers say such an investigation is unlikely to be opened because of the influence of Al-Wirfalli’s group, which is made up of radical Salafists known as “Madakhilah”.
In May, Benghazi Security Directorate accused Al-Wirfalli’s rogue groups for the killing of police officer Captain Musa Al-Mijibri, which forced him to announce a fake resignation. Later he was promoted by Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army from captain to major.
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