September 21, 2014

ICC says there’s “great evidence” against Gaddafi’s son

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Thursday that Libyan prosecutors have collected “great evidence” against the son of former dictator Moammar Gaddafi, according to a CNN report. Libya’s new government and the ICC have wrestled with who would try Saif al-Islam Gaddafi since he was captured in November 2011. On February 26, 2011, the United Nations Security Council referred a number of Libya war crimes cases to the ICC Prosecutor. On June 27, 2011, the ICC issued three arrest warrants for Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi for crimes against humanity. The ...

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Saadi Gadhafi Caught at Mexican Border – AP

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Wednesday it has broken up an international plot to smuggle a son of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and his family into Mexico under false names and with false Mexican documents. The elaborate plan to bring al-Saadi Gadhafi to Mexico allegedly involved two Mexicans, a Canadian and a Danish suspect, Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire said. The plot was uncovered in early September as al-Saadi was fleeing Libya shortly after his father’s ouster. He never made it to Mexico, but did reach the Western African country of Niger, where he has been living. The plotters ...

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Libya Arrests 500 Sub-Saharan Migrants Bound for Italy

Thirty-two year old Anthony Agiexeri, a Nigerian migrant living in Libya was on a boat bound for Italy when Libyan authorities intercepted the vessel, taking him and hundreds other sub-Saharan migrants into custody. Agiexeri is one of 500 migrants, all in the same boat, who claimed they had been lured into the trap by government officials. According to Reuters, the boat, moored in a port in Tripoli, offloaded the migrants allegedly on their way to Europe. Head of operations at the port, Khalid Bessear, described what had happened at the port in Tripoli. “The subjects, as you can see are ...

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Libyan Berber People Protest for Cultural Freedom

Reuters – Several hundred people from one of Libya’s biggest ethnic minority groups pushed their way to the doors of the prime minister’s office on Sunday to press their demands for greater political representation. The Amazigh, or Berber, people are seeking recognition of their language and culture now that Muammar Gaddafi’s repressive rule is over, and their demands are causing tensions with the Arab majority. The dispute is one of dozens in Libyan society that have come to the fore since Gaddafi was ousted and are making it difficult for the country’s new leaders to govern. Fathi Abo Zakhare, a ...

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332 Nigerien Migrants Airlifted from Tripoli, Libya

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it has airlifted 332 migrants from Niger out of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The migrants were stranded during the Libyan conflict that ousted Moammar Gadhafi. IOM officials say they are the first group of African migrants to be evacuated from Tripoli by air instead of by road or sea. The group arrived in Niamey, the capital of Niger, earlier this week. Most of an estimated 2,000 Niger nationals still stranded in Tripoli also are seeking assistance to return home. IOM spokesman Jumbe Omari Jumbe says his agency is planning further air evacuations for ...

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Fleeing Libya: Safe Homecoming for 79 Nigerians.

More Nigerians who fled war-torn Libya at the height of the conflict have returned home after a long, tedious journey from Chad. They arrived in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, coming in through Gambouro Ngala, a border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Chad. The 79 returnees, according to The Nation, had reportedly spent 40 days travelling through the desert, escaping by road from Libya to Chad. We earlier reported that the Nigerians were part of the 1,222 black African migrants whisked out of the Sebha in Libya by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM). Black African migrants, suspected ...

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Senior Niger Politician Urges Saif Gaddafi to Surrender

Reuters – A senior member of Niger’s coalition government told Reuters the whereabouts of Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam remained unknown, but that surrender was his best option. The fugitive Libyan has been in indirect contact with the International Criminal Court over a possible surrender, though he may also harbour hopes that mercenaries can spirit him to a friendly African country. “If indeed they are in talks with him, it’s perhaps best that he goes of his own accord rather than to be hunted and caught by Libyans, who will end up lynching him as they did his brother and ...

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300 Bodies Buried in Mass Grave in Sirte

Reuters Ahmed Bani, the military spokesman for Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) on Tuesday (October 25) vowed to investigate alleged executions of pro-Gaddafi fighters, as reports of abuses apparently committed by both sides in the civil war risked impeding reconciliation efforts. Sirte locals, who have returned to the city after fleeing violence, carried out the operation of organising the mass burial on the edges of the main cemetery Bin Hammal. Residents could be seen loading at least 100 bodies in plastic bags onto a bulldozer, ready for placing in trenches. “There are 300 bodies here, we found them in more ...

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Over 1,220 Sub-Saharan African Migrants Fleeing Libya Arrive Safely in Chad

The International Organisation for Migration, IOM, confirmed that the 1,222 Sub-Saharan Africans evacuated from the southern Libyan city of Sebha arrived safely in Chad. According to a press release from the organisation, the migrants in a convoy of 15 trucks had embarked on the long, arduous journey south — from an IOM center in Sebha to Chad, arriving there over a period of several days. They arrived in Chad even as a vast majority of Libyans celebrated the demise of ousted leader, Col. Muammar Gaddafi who was captured and killed on Thursday, 20 October. According to the press release, the ...

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Gaddafi Buried in Secret Desert Grave

Reuters Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mo’tassim were buried on Tuesday (October 25) in a secret desert location, a National Transitional Council (NTC) official said, ending a wrangle over their rotting corpses that led to fears for Libya’s stability. Two trusted loyalists of the country’s interim government were handed his body to bury secretly deep in the Sahara desert after a cleric prayed over his decomposing corpse, the official added. The Libyan information minister said a fatwa, or religious edict, had been issued on what to do with Gaddafi’s burial. “A fatwa that has been issued by ...

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