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US, war crimes trial against Haftar

LIBYA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US Attorney Kevin Carroll says a lawsuit has been filed against Libyan illegitimate forces leader Khalifa Haftar for war crimes.

“Haftar will be punished for the crimes,” said Carroll, who is a representative of the Washington-based lawyer’s office, adding that the trial was initiated on behalf of families who survived the horrific torture in Libya.

Noting that Haftar has US citizenship and that he owns great wealth there, Carroll stated that Haftar and his close associates will face U.S. justice.

“One of the clients is an American citizen of Libyan descent who tried to guard his home during the crisis in Libya. He was seriously injured in the bombing during the civil war, but even in that state he was arrested by Haftar forces and arrested. tortured for days, ”Carroll said.

Carroll said this was in fact a violation of the Geneva Convention and that Haftar, as a soldier, was responsible for all crimes committed.

Attorney Carroll emphasized that Haftar is not head of state and has no immunity, and added that he must come to court in Virginia to face crimes attributed to him.

Mentioning that Haftar in the US owns 17 properties registered under his name, Carroll said those expensive properties could not “go overseas” and that it would be their turn if he did not face charges. .

Asked by reporters if the case would mix politics, Carroll said many US media outlets had written about Haftar’s relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian intelligence agency GRU and Russian mercenaries of the Wagner group and did not believe any of the US would intervene in Haftar’s case.

So far, three lawsuits have been filed against Haftar.

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