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Libya: ICC issues arrest warrant for Haftar ally

August 17, 2017 at 9:40 am

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for a senior Libyan commander who is linked to General Khalifa Haftar and who is suspected of involvement in numerous deaths in Benghazi.

During its preliminary session, the court accused Mahmoud Al-Werfalli of assisting in murders and giving orders to execute others, in seven incidents that involved 33 deaths.

In June, Libya’s Al-Nabaa TV reported that Al-Karama Forces published a video showing the collective execution of 20 people following orders from Al-Orfali.

The court classified the offenses as war crimes.

The ICC document, seen by Al Jazeera on Tuesday, says:

Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli [is] allegedly responsible for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in Libya.

On 18 July, the UN demanded the leadership of Al-Karama Forces to suspend Al-Orfali from his duties while investigations take place into his role in the torture of prisoners and the murder of at least ten people without trial.