LIBYAPROSPECT – Benghazi
A new video was circulated on social media, on Sunday, showed one of the field commanders of the army of the House of Representatives (HoR) named Mahmoud Al-Werfalli executing 20 tied detainees without trial.
Al-Werfalli read the decision to kill the inmates through what he called, field court, then he shot them dead. His decision accused them of carrying out crimes of kidnapping, torturing, and slaughtering officers and soldiers of the army and other Libyans, according to the decision.
It is worth mentioning that it is not the first time for Al-Werfalli to record and publish such video. Last March, the social media had circulated other video showed Al-Werfalli shooting dead three prisoners one day after Haftar’s forces dig graves and abused human bodies in Benghazi.
Moreover, in June 2016, Al-Werfalli killed one of the prisoners of Benghazi Shura Council announcing that he doesn’t care about the international human rights organizations, the ICC, and the United Nations.
It is significant mentioning Haftar himself had appeared earlier on a video ordering his forces to kill the prisoners not to keep them detained in the prisons.
Al-Werfalli killed the 20 detainees on Sunday despite the call of the United Nations, a few days ago, requesting Haftar’s headquarter to start investigations on the executions without court.
Observers said that the execution reflects that Haftar is ignoring the calls from the UN human rights that expressed its concern over killing without trials in Benghazi.
The UN Human Rights spokesperson, Liz Throssell, said that, a few days ago, 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 doesn’t matter, considering that its fighters are innocent and that the UN’s report is just an attempt to make a problem from nothing.