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Interpol issues ‘Red Notice’ for Haftar-linked commander

February 27, 2018 at 11:33 am

Interpol has issued a Red Notice for the Libyan National Army linked Saiqa Special Forces Major Mahmoud Werfalli.

According to the notice, Werfalli is “wanted by the Judicial Authorities of the International Criminal Court’’ on seven counts of “murder as a war crime”.

Werfalli is accused of being behind a number of summary executions of detained suspected terrorists following video and picture evidence surfacing on Libyan social media.

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According to Arabic daily, Asharq Al-Awsat, chairman of the National Defence and Security Committee of the House of Representatives in Tobruk, Talal Al-Mayhoub, was reported as saying that “Libya will not hand over its sons” and added that Werfalli was currently under investigation in Libya.

However following last month’s executions in Benghazi, which Werfalli was believed to have orchestrated, little has been done to investigate following a brief spell in LNA custody after he handed himself in and was later freed by groups loyal to him during a transfer.

Interpol’s Red Notice follows the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant which has been in effect since last year after Werfalli appeared in a video where dozens of prisoners dressed in Guantanamo Bay-style uniform orange were summarily executed.