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Libya: 5+5 Military Committee Discusses Disarming Militias

Libya: 5+5 Military Committee Discusses Disarming Militias

Sunday, 17 October, 2021 - 09:45
The US State Department urged the authorities in Libya to alleviate the plight of migrants. (Photo: Reuters)

The 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission is preparing to hold a meeting next week to discuss means to implement an action plan, which was recently approved under UN and international auspices, to disarm the armed militias in the country.

Khairy Al-Tamimi, Director of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the National Army, and member of his delegation to the committee, said in a press statement that the meeting, which reflects the international community’s desire to end the “mercenaries” issue ahead of the elections, will also determine the conditions for reintegrating individuals who meet the specifications required to work in official security institutions.

Meanwhile, a US court gave Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar - the retired National Army commander-in-chief – a deadline of two weeks to answer questions in a lawsuit brought against him for committing "war crimes."

Khaled Al-Mashri, head of the Supreme Council of State in Tripoli, said in a letter to the court on Friday that Haftar “will not be subject to the death penalty in Libya,” denying a legal memorandum submitted by Haftar’s defense, stating that he may be subject to sanctions in accordance with Libyan military law.

The judge of the US District Court of Virginia, Leonie Brinkema, has once more rejected the defense offered by Khalifa Haftar’s lawyer, with alleged immunity in the face of the lawsuit brought against him in the US by a number of Libyan families.

According to a report by The Associated Press, the US judge, once more decided not to accept the argument presented by Haftar’s defense team, and set Oct. 28 as the deadline for submitting Haftar’s statement and reply to questions in the lawsuit taken against him on charges of committing war crimes in Libya.

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