LIBYAPROSPECT – London
The United Nations called, a few days ago, the army of the House of Representatives (HoR) that led by General Khalifa Haftar to start investigations on the executions without court.
It is worth mentioning that phenomenon of kidnapping and enforced disappearance, as well as tens of secret prisons, had spread out in Benghazi on the hands of some leaders of the forces of Haftar. Benghazi experienced even horror operation of killing abductees with their bodies dumped in the rubbish areas.
Reuters reported that the UN Human Rights spokesperson, Liz Throssell, said that “we are deeply concerned that, after recent fighting in Benghazi, people taken prisoner by members of the Libyan National Army, which controls eastern Libya, may be at imminent risk of torture and even summary execution.”
She added that reports talked about the involvement of Special Forces that affiliated with Haftar’s forces “in torturing detainees and summarily executing at least ten captured men.”
Throssell urged Haftar’s forces to ensure that “there is a full, impartial investigation into these allegations.”
She also called for suspending the officer, Mahmud al-Werfalli, who had appeared in videos killing detainees, from his duties as a field commander and bring him to the needed investigations.
It is essential mentioning that videos are circulating on social media in March showing al-Werfalli killing three men who were tied and facing a wall.
Furthermore, two other videos appeared on social media showing executions that carried out by some fighters of Haftar’s forces.
Throssell stated that “one of these videos, which emerged on 9 June, shows four men kneeling with their hands tied behind their backs who are shot dead as al-Werfalli watches.”
She also talked about “latest video, which was posted on social media this month, seems to show LNA fighters kicking and taunting prisoners, while al-Werfalli is apparently heard accusing two men who have their hands tied behind their backs of belonging to terrorist groups.”
Throssell expressed her deep concerns that “after recent fighting in Benghazi, people taken prisoner by members of the Libyan National Army, which effectively controls eastern Libya, may be at imminent risk of torture and even summary execution.”
Haftar’s headquarter said that the issue is not important, considering that its fighters are innocent and that the UN’s report is just an attempt to make a problem from nothing.