US court gives Haftar two weeks to respond to war crimes allegations

The court in the US state of Virginia, which is ruling on a possible war crimes trial against the Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has given him two weeks to comment on the allegations.

The Libyan government’s envoy to the US, Muhammad Abdullah, has confirmed that Judge Leonie Brinkema Haftar issued this ultimatum after ignoring requests from the defense to grant immunity to her client, Libya Observer reports.

US court gives Haftar two weeks to respond to war crimes allegations
US court gives Haftar two weeks to respond to war crimes allegations

The US Department of Justice has been preparing a case against Haftar for months at the request of organizations such as the Libyan Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights and individual citizens.

With that in mind, Virginia Federal Court ordered Haftar to pay $ 5,000 to the applicants’ attorneys for delaying their appearance for questioning, Libya Panorama Channel (LPC) sources said.

For example, there is a lawsuit by two relatives of his alleged victims attempting to hold him accountable for the crimes he is accused of as head of the Libyan national army, the largest military power in the east of the country, which has remained in conflict with Tripoli since 2014 Authorities exist.

Haftar is identified in the ad as responsible for “committing or directing torture, extrajudicial executions, cruel and degrading treatment and imprisonment” as well as instigating famine among civilians during the 2016-2017 siege of the city of Benghazi.

With Libya currently without functioning independent courts and with no charges brought by the International Criminal Court, the Virginia court appears to have legitimacy to initiate the case against the Marshal, given that Haftar is a US citizen and owns two of his sons , Saddam and Khalid, since 1987, the year in which he appeared in a confrontation with the then absolute leader of the country, the satrap Muammar Gaddafi.

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