Setting the Record Straight – Omar Al Hassi is a Terrorist
The ramblings of the mass media outlets about what is happening in Libya are just that – ramblings. The shades of gray that are put out as reality are meant to do nothing but confuse the world about the real truth of what has happened to and in Libya.
Lets start at the beginning, Libya did NOT have a revolution, it was a false flag operation set up by the US CIA to overthrow the stable Libyan government and to assassinate Moammer Ghadafi. In order to overthrow Libya the CIA had to enlist Libyans that were against the Ghadafi government. These Libyans were in the great MINORITY, perhaps 5% of the population at the most. Most of these Libyans were living in exile because they were radical Islamists and the Ghadafi government did not allow radical Islamists in Libya.
The truth is that Ghadafi had stepped down from power as was required by the US in the treaty that was signed in 2006 with Condoleeza Rice.
The Libyan people considered Ghadafi their “Brother Leader”, they had great respect and love for this man, which by the way is their RIGHT. In January 2011, the US Department of Defense proclaimed Ghadafi as their best ally in the war against terror. By a huge majority, some 90%+, the Libyan people are moderate Muslims, they do not like or respect radical Islamists and they would tell you that these people are rubbish and that they are not Muslims.
In order to break Libya, the CIA had to enlist huge numbers of mercenaries because they found few Libyans inside Libya who would join the fight to overthrow the government that was giving them a good life. The Libyans had free medical, free education, 44 cents a gallon gas, $47,000 gift upon marriage, $5000 gift for each child born, a new condo for 10% of your salary (after 20 years it was yours), store houses of free food if you were hungry or poor, women were free and were emancipated by Ghadafi in the 1970’s, Libya was the most progressive Islamic country in the world.
So, the CIA, joined hands with those Libyans that were radical Islamists and who wanted to turn Libyan into a Sharia state. Of course there were not enough radical Libyans to overthrow 90% of Libya so the CIA began to filter in hundreds of thousands of psychopathic Islamic terrorist paid mercenaries from all over the world. Many of these terrorists had been fighting American soldiers in Afghanistan one day and the next day they were being armed, funded and trained by the CIA and their black water mercenaries to help destroy the sovereign nation of Libya. Chris Stevens (x CIA) the now dead Ambassador to Libya was the chief gun runner to the Al Qaeda “so called” rebel mercenaries. Early in the NATO war, Obama signed an order sending the CIA into Libya to aid the “so called rebels”. It was not a secret to anyone that these rebels were radical Islamic jihadist mercenaries from all over the world. Early in 2011, Ghadafi stated that it was Al Qaeda that was infiltrating Libya fighting with the support of NATO and the US, it was public knowledge. But that did not stop Obama.
The rest is history, but suffice it to say, everything you read about Libya and Ghadafi was a lie intended to allow Clinton and Obama to blow up Libya, her people and assassinate their leader.
What is happening in Libya today? Well, lets start by saying that after NATO flew some 60,000 sorties, using depleted uranium and FAE (fuel air explosives), violating every international rule of engagement for war; Libya is in shambles, a failed state with over a trillion dollars worth of infrastructure destroyed. Obama brags about only spending 1 billion to blow up Libya, but the real cost is over many billions and that came out of the Libyan coffers that were in the FED bank accounts and were stolen from Libya. Of the 6.5 million total population before NATO, 500,000 were killed, over 2 million live in exile, 1 million are homeless, 2 million live in terror with no hope and 40,000 are illegally imprisoned with thousands already tortured to death. There is no rule of law now in Libya.
NATO and the US left behind all the radical Islamic psychopaths and had them set up a puppet government that represented about 5% of the Libyans. This government was not a democracy; it created no security and used armed gangs, now referred to as militias, to control and kill. This government stole Libya blind and left her people suffering. This my friends was the GNC – the General National Congress, Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton’s creation, made up of Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, Ansar Al Sharia, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and any other fringe radical group made up of psychopathic terrorists.
As usual with these kind of vermin, they began to fight amongst themselves, they all wanted power, they all wanted control. In the end, they could not agree on anything and could not write a constitution as was a requirement by the west for their government. The GNC was formally disbanded in February of 2014 but stayed on temporarily until the election which took place in June of 2014. No matter how much these criminals threatened the Libyan people at gun point, those that could vote did and much to their anger, the radical Muslim Brotherhood and others were voted out of office. Of course the ploy that the GNC was for democracy was a lie and they were not about to stand for the Libyan people to have a voice or lose any of their power. As soon as the legitimately elected people came to Tripoli to be sworn in to the government they were all threatened at gun point, some of their homes were burned, families were kidnapped, etc. Consequently, these duly elected Libyans had to set up a new government in Tobruk, it was either that or die trying in Tripoli.
The world now, including the UN and the US have formally recognized the House of Representatives in Tobruk as the legitimate government in Libya. But that is not the end of the story.
The sorry pieces of trash in Tripoli refuse to leave and give Libya to the Libyan people. They maintain their control over Tripoli by force of terror. The world that was full of cries for the innocent Libyans under Ghadafi watches this horror in deafening silence. Even worse, the UN acts like they there are (2) governments that must meet and discuss reconciliation. Why should the Libyans who have suffered greatly under the hands of these tyrants ever negotiate with them? The Libyans will never ever allow this kind of trash to stay in their country and any person who has ever met a real Libyan would know that fact. Even still the US Ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones, continues her support of the GNC and Misurata (home of Terrorist gangs known as Libya Dawn). The Great tribes of Libya will not meet with her because she is openly supporting the terrorism in their country. How is it that the US, who claims to promote democracy, refuses to accept the democratically elected government in Tobruk, all the while continuing to support and have dialogue with the non existent government of the GNC made up of radical Islamists that are hated by all the Libyan people?
Even worse the old puppet GNC is led by a man named Omar Al Hassi, himself a world renowned criminal terrorist. (see his photo below)
Omar Al Hassi along with Abdulhakem Belhaj, another “world renowned” terrorist and Al Qaeda leader, were the founders of the Islamic Armed Movement, better known as H.M.S. This man Al Hassi is a known terrorist and yet the UN and the US continue to speak with him like he deserves some kind of respect. This is the exact reason Libya is not stable and the huge majority of her people are in exile.
The shocking truth is that Obama supports this radical GNC gang and has offered them recognition as the legitimate government in Libya if they will take over the oil fields. To that end, the US is continuing to arm these radicals in Libya quietly in the background. The UN has an embargo against arms into Libya and yet the US willfully looks the other way while Qatar and Turkey fly in arms and mercenaries to the radical Islamists every week.
The legitimate Libyan army that is fighting to cleanse these radical Islamist gangs from their country is openly embargoed from receiving any aid or help from countries willing to step up and help stop the flow of these radical psychopaths. These countries know that Libya has training camps set up by the CIA to train ISIS and other radical groups. They know the good people of Libya need help to put an end to the radical rats nest now festering in Libya. This mess is effecting the entire world, it seems only Obama, Turkey and Qatar are supporting these illegal activities in Libya.
Is it any wonder why Libya is upside down?
The sad truth is that this is the way Obama and Clinton want Libya, they do not care a wig about the Libyan people, they care that Libya has huge resources and is the gateway to Africa, the 128+ mass graves now in Libya make no difference to them – it is just acceptable collateral damage.
Obama and his minions will learn that the Libyan people will never accept mercenaries and radical Islamic rubbish to rule their country, they will fight and they will win in the end. The fallacy of the Zionists criminals is that they do not understand an 8000 year old tribal system and the strength it infuses in its people. There are many countries in this world who are willing to step up and help Libya, many of them are her neighbors, they know the facts and their time of hiding in the shadows is coming to an end.
Libya: rewiring a country’s brain
by Linda Housman
Just prior to the NATO invasion in Libya, an international delegation of medical professionals reported that few nations lived in the comfort that the Libyan people enjoyed. Meanwhile the United Nations was preparing to bestow an award on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya for their achievements in the area of human rights.
As we all know, things have changed since then. After the Western “humanitarian war” replaced the Jamahiriya leadership that was responsible for the country’s prosperity with a puppet regime, Libya more and more has become a Somali-like failed state and a safe haven for terrorists. Currently human rights organizations around the world are sounding the alarm over rampant human rights abuses and war crimes in Libya. One of them is Dignity, the Danish Institute against Torture, which ironically carries the same name as the military operation led by LibyanGeneral Khalifa Haftar – a CIA stooge jointly responsible for the ongoing chaos in the country, as well as for the 2012 war on the heroic city of Bani Walid whose people refused to bow to the Western invaders and their “rebels”. Dignity included 2,692 household interviews in its SURVEY and completed its research in October 2013. The 38 page report called “Consequences of Torture and Organized Violence – Libya Needs Assessment SURVEY“, which was made public only recently, summarizes on page 5:
Every fifth household responded to having a family member disappeared, 11% reported having a household member arrested and 5% reported one killed. Of those arrested, 46% reported beatings, 20% positional torture or suspensions, 16% suffocation and from 3 to 5% reported having suffered sexual, thermal or electrical torture. In short our data support the allegations that widespread human rights violations and gross human rights violations have taken place in Libya.
The consequences at the level of the population are massive: 29% of individuals report anxiety and 30% report depression, while PTSD symptoms were reported by 6%. These results indicate that the respondents at the time of interview could still be in an acute or post-acute stage and have yet to reach the post-trauma stage, hence we predict that the prevalence of post-traumatic stress reactions will increase over time, if or when the internal conflict subsides.
Furthermore, our data show that internal displacement is major concern in Libya. A total of 18% of the respondents reported being internally displaced during the internal conflict, and 16% remains so at the time of the interview, indicating a major source of long-term human suffering and political instability.
In these times of distress and crisis respondents have had almost no access to international humanitarian assistance. Only 2% report having been helped by NGOs. Libyans overwhelmingly have resorted to local resources for social support: 72% indicate they used family networks and 48% friends, 43% Libyan medical doctors, 24% used religious leaders and 18% used traditional healers. In order to deal with life stress, 59% indicated they needed assistance in terms of justice, legal remedy and compensation, while 44% indicated they needed health and medical assistance.
One should keep in mind that the SURVEY was conducted in 2013, a relatively calm year in Libya. With the increase and spread of violent conflict in 2014, the experience and effect of violence can be foreseen to be much higher and deeper. Libya’s situation prompted U.S. president Obama last August to proclaim that he “had to learn a lesson that still has ramifications to this day”, and that from now on he will ask the question, “Should we intervene, militarily? Do we have an answer for the day after?” With those words Obama most likely managed to make the thoughtless and ignorant feel sorry for the man who “naively believed that bombing Libya was the absolute right thing to do”, and who therefore deserves CREDIT for admitting his faults and for learning from his mistakes. But is the current chaos and distress the result of something initially good, or at least something well-intended, gone terribly wrong, or was it planned all along? Numerous signs indicate that the latter is the case. As global events unfold, it becomes clear that every war is accompanied by another, invisible, war: the war that rewires people’s brains.
There was a time when it was believed that the brain would not change. Now it is known that the brain is sculpted by a lifetime of experiences that alter brain activity, which changes gene expression. It is possibly to manipulate the brain of individuals as well as collectively, so that it decodes reality in a way others want it to decode. All the time as we are having experiences, the brain is DOWNLOADING data and from that data it is changing the way it communicates. Who gains control over the data can dictate the behaviour. Susan Greenfield writes in her new book Mind Change, “The internal processing of the brain will determine how you see the world. Whatever external inputs are being fed into your brain, the experience of that very moment will simultaneously change the organization of brain cells, and hence your thinking.” So anything that changes your brain, changes who you will be. Any behaviour changes reflect alterations in the brain. The opposite is also true: behaviour can change the brain.
When applying this to the situation the Libyan people are facing since the 2011 invasion, there is no doubt that both the individuals’ brains and the collective brain of the country have been altered by the violent conflict. The “peaceful pro-democracy protesters” of the February 17 movement – in fact heavily armed, western-backed insurgents who were bribed to assassinate Gaddafi – quickly became the uncontrollable terrorists that currently fight each other to gain control over the country and its resources, while wreaking enormous havoc among the civilian population. Youngsters who were brought into the street by misleading promises of freedom became disillusioned and depressed. Many war-hardened youths have joined one of the rival militias. Many others started to denounce the so-called revolution. Meanwhile the daily experience of the NATO-rebels’ violence has molded people’s brains and has numbed many Libyan civilians into hopelessness or lethargy. All of these aspects indicate brain alterations as a result of violent behaviour or as a result of suffering from violent behaviour – or both.
The war on Libya and the war on the Libyan people’s brains thus turned out to be a double-edged sword. Not only did it rid the Western neo-colonialists and imperialists from their biggest threat, Libya also has become a cradle and headquarters of the West’s much needed global enemy: the terrorist group that neither is Islamic nor is a state, but nonetheless calls itself Islamic State. In that light it is totally plausible that Libya as a nation had to be traumatized by the world’s most powerful military alliance and its mercenaries that already had done their dirty job in Iraq and Afghanistan, as it is much harder to change a resilient peoples’ land into a breeding ground for terrorist cells, which also largely exist of traumatized individuals. Amidst the ongoing chaos, one thing is clear: the deceptive agenda of the instigators of the 2011 insurgency that brought about the exact opposite of what was falsely portrayed as a paradise of freedom and democracy.
Libya: Extremists Terrorizing Derna Residents
Summary Executions, Public Floggings, No Rule of Law
(Beirut) – Armed militias that control the eastern city of Derna are terrorizing residents through summary executions, public floggings, and other violent abuse. The abuses are taking place in the absence of state authorities and the rule of law. The groups include some that have affiliated with the extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS).
Human Rights Watch documented 3 apparent summary executions and at least 10 public floggings by the Islamic Youth Shura Council, an extremist group which publicly pledged allegiance to ISIS in November. Human Rights Watch also documented beheadings of three Derna residents in what appear to be war crimes, and dozens of seemingly politically motivated assassinations of public officials, judges and members of the security forces, and others, including women.
“Extremist militias controlling Derna in the absence of any state authorities have unleashed a reign of terror against its inhabitants,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director. “Commanders should understand that they may face domestic or international prosecution for the grave rights abuses their forces are committing.”
Since May, an armed conflict between forces allied with the elected Libyan government based in Tobruk and led by General Khalifa Hiftar and Islamist militias has engulfed eastern Libya. In and around Derna, in addition to the powerful Islamic Shura Youth Council, the militias include members of Ansar al-Sharia and the Abu Saleem Martyrs Brigade.
Human Rights Watch spoke with Derna residents who fled the city to escape persecution by Islamist militias and in anticipation of an announced military offensive by forces allied to Libya’s elected government. One Derna activist, who said he left the city at the end of October after receiving death threats for speaking out against the militias, described Derna as “fully under the control of fundamentalists” who have imposed an extremist ideology, and enforced a strict interpretation of Shari’a law with public executions and floggings. He said extremist militias shared the same ideology and the only dispute between them related to the Islamic Youth Shura Council’s pledge of allegiance to ISIS.
The United Nations should urgently establish an international commission of inquiry or similar mechanisms to investigate alleged war crimes and other serious violations by all sides of the conflict in Libya, with a view to ensuring future ACCOUNTABILITY, Human Rights Watch said.
Derna has had no significant presence of state authorities, including police and a functioning judiciary, since the end of the 2011 revolution in Libya that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.
Since 2013, unidentified assailants in Derna have assassinated at least five judges and prosecutors, and two women – a former lawmaker and a former security official. Unidentified armed militias have also attacked and destroyed tombs in mosques, including Derna’s historic al-Sahaba Mosque, which extremists have repeatedly targeted since 2011.
The Libyan air force, allied with the elected government, has conducted air strikes against militia targets in Derna, Benghazi, and elsewhere, while the militias have mounted purported suicide and other attacks in Tobruk, al-Baida, and Benghazi. Both sides have carried out indiscriminate attacks that amount to war crimes, killing and injuring civilians and civilian objects. *****(Adding in these war crimes they should add NATO’s crimes when they were bombing indiscriminate attacks all over the country killing over 100.000 civilians including children)
All parties to the conflict in Libya are required to abide by the laws of war. Certain serious violations of these laws, when committed with criminal intent, are war crimes. War crimes include “the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all judicial guarantees which are generally recognized as indispensable.” Murder on a systematic or widespread scale when used as state policy or by an organized group is a crime against humanity. Those who commit, order, assist, or have command responsibility for war crimes or crimes against humanity are subject to prosecution by domestic courts or the International Criminal Court (ICC). ****(Well ICC should take in account that the war crimes committed in Libya now are the result of F.U.K.US and NATO who they should also be charged for their illegal intervention killing thousands, murdering the leader of the country, using Depleted uranium, destroying the infrastructure of Libya, bombing hospitals killing injured people by the thousands. Using cluster bombs which are forbidden by international law but they used them anyway killing thousand of people. Bombing Sirte for over two weeks and not allowing the Red Cross to enter to give food, medicine and whatever else was needed. The list is too long to write but if ICC decides to charge for war Crimes first in the list should be OBAMA, CLINTON, McCain, SUSAN RICE, CAMERON, HAGUE, SARKOZY, BERNARD LEVI, Ki Moon of the UN, ERDOGAN OF TURKEY, THE HOUSE OF SAUDI last but not the least HAMAD BIN KHALIFA AL-THANI of Qatar and of course lets not forget NATO COUNTRIES WHO BOMBED LIBYA TOGETHER WITH THE CHIEF AT THE TIME ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN. Then the ICC can charge for war crimes that the Libyans did to each other.)
Libyan authorities have shown themselves powerless or unwilling to investigate and prosecute those responsible for unlawful killings and other serious rights abuses in the country. International ACCOUNTABILITY efforts for serious crimes have stalled despite an existing ICC mandate in Libya and a UN Security Council resolution threatening individual sanctions. The UN Human Rights Council ended the mandate of its commission of inquiry into violations in Libya in 2012.
“UN Security Council threats of sanctions become hollow if they are never acted upon,” Whitson said. “As each day passes, more people die and more opportunities to reverse Libya’s downward spiral are being frittered away.”
Security Council and ICC
The ICC has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide committed in Libya since February 15, 2011, under UN Security Council Resolution 1970. Human Rights Watch has urged the ICC prosecutor to consider additional cases addressing ongoing violations by all sides in Libya. In a November 11statement to the Security Council, the ICC prosecutor said that the combined effect of instability in Libya and lack of resources had undermined further efforts to investigate ongoing abuses. The Security Council, whose members unanimously gave the ICC authority to investigate in Libya, have special responsibility to extend their full support to facilitate the prosecutor’s continued work there, Human Rights Watch said.
On November 20, the Security Council added the extremist groups Ansar al-Sharia in Derna and in Benghazi to the Al Qaeda sanctions list. Members of these two entities are now subject to international travel bans and asset freezes.
On August 27, the Security Council passed resolution 2174 (2014) broadening international sanctions on Libya to include people who engage in or support acts that “threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya, or obstruct or undermine the successful completion of its political transition.” Such acts include “planning, directing, or committing acts that violate applicable international human rights law or international humanitarian law, or acts that constitute human rights abuses.” The Security Council is still to deliver on this threat of sanctions by designating individuals to be subjected to a travel ban and assets freeze under the expanded sanctions regime.
Attacks, Abuses in Derna
Human Rights Watch spoke with Derna residents who witnessed militia members carrying out cruel punishments, including summary executions and floggings. Human Rights Watch also spoke with family members and friends of victims, and community activists, and reviewed available online content, including videos, photos, and statements.
An activist who recently fled Derna told Human Rights Watch on November 13 that the Islamic Youth Shura Council emerged in April, gradually took control of the city and created its own public administration to rule Derna. The group, which rejects democracy and only accepts Sharia law, established a Legal Committee for Dispute Resolution and Reconciliation and appointed judges to a new Islamic court who have interrogated, prosecuted, and pronounced sentence on those deemed to have offended against their strict interpretation of Sharia law. Information the Islamic Youth Shura Council published says it has also set up a body called theDiwan al-Hisbah to oversee the “promotion of virtue and prevention of vice,” as well as a bureau for education and its own “Islamic police” force. Derna residents told Human Rights Watch that some of the judges at the Islamic Court were foreign nationals.
Derna residents said they witnessed militants of the Islamic Shura Youth Council carry out public executions of three men accused of murder in two separate incidents. On July 27, militants of the group shot Al-Sanussi Nasri al-Huweidi, a Libyan, and an unidentified Egyptian national, for the alleged killing of Hamad Miloud al-Hassadi on July 25. According to a witness, the family of the victim handed the two alleged killers to the Islamic Shura Youth Council, which interrogated and declared them guilty on the same day.
One witness said armed men belonging to the group took the two accused to Martyrs place at al-Sahaba Square at around 1:30 a.m., where a member of the group shot both the accused in the head, one with a single bullet and the other with two, after the victim’s family declined to shoot them:
The Shura Council, which now became ISIS, hardly waited at all before executing the suspects. It all happened so fast within just two days. The sessions at the Islamic Court where people are interrogated and sentenced by a panel of three judges are not public. Usually, the court announces if it will carry out a death sentence beforehand. In this case the family of the victims refused to pardon the suspect, so the court carried out the sentence.
On August 19, the Islamic Shura Youth Council oversaw the public execution of Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed, an Egyptian national, at a football stadium in western Derna, after accusing him of killing Khalid al-Drissi, a Libyan. In a six-minute video posted online, an unidentifiable masked man reads charges against the accused man, who is kneeling, blindfolded and with his hands tied behind his back, on a plastic covered stretcher. The masked man first asks members of the victim’s family if they wish to pardon the alleged murderer and, when they refuse, hands a pistol to one of the family members, who shoots the accused man in the head, killing him.
A Derna resident told Human Rights Watch on November 18 that he witnessed the public floggings of eight young men in Derna’s Old Mosque Square on October 25 or 26. He said two masked men alternate in flogging the men:
Masked men from the Shura Council lined up eight young men at Al-Sahaba Square and punished each with 40 whips after they were caught drinking alcoholic beverages at a “bachelor party” together with the groom. The council member starts by whipping the shoulders and then continues all the way down to the feet, 40 lashes. If an individual is caught drinking alcohol, they [Shura Council] will implement the “whipping punishment” [had al-Jald] on the spot.
Photographs and ACCOUNTS published by the Islamic Shura Youth Council on social media show two other public floggings in front of the Islamic Court. On each occasion, three men were flogged for allegedly drinking alcohol. Human Rights Watch was able to corroborate the floggings but not the dates on which they took place.
Human Rights Watch has tracked 250 cases of apparently politically motivated killings in Derna and Benghazi since the beginning of 2014. The victims included former and current members of the military and security agencies, as well as five judges and members of the public prosecution. In all cases, the killings were carried out by unidentified assailants. None of these unlawful killings have been investigated, and no one has been prosecuted or convicted for these crimes.
Mohamed Najib Hweidi, head of the appeals court for the Green Mountain region, was assassinated on June 16, 2013; Mohamed Khalifah al-Naas, deputy general prosecutor for the Green Mountain region was killed on November 9, 2013; Retired judge Youssef al-Kreimi died in Tunis on December 24, 2013 from wounds he sustained during an assassination attempt on November 25, 2013 in Derna; Abdelaziz al-Hassadi, Libya’s former general prosecutor, was assassinated on February 8, 2014; and former judge Mohamed Bouejeilah al-Mansouri was killed on April 28, 2014.
Unidentified assailants also targeted and killed two women, Fariha al-Barkawi and Salwa Yunis al-Hinaid, in 2014 in Derna in what appears to have been politically motivated assassinations. Two Derna residents, one an activist, said that the shooting death of a third woman in February only weeks after the killing of her husband, a former army officer, was not linked to politics but to a family dispute.
Unidentified assailants killed al-Barkawi, a former Derna city representative to the General National Congress (GNC), and a member of the National Forces Alliance, a political party with a non-Islamist agenda on July 17. One of her relatives in Derna, who spoke to Human Rights Watch on November 19, said al-Barkawi’s killing occurred five months after she resigned from the GNC, where she had called vocally for the presence of state authorities in Derna and criticized Islamist extremists. The relative said:
She was on her way to a market in western Shiha area to do some shopping for the month of Ramadan when she was killed by three bullets after her car was sprayed with a hail of bullets by a passing car with unidentified assailants. Although some passers-by tried to help her, it was too late. She died before she reached Al-Harish Hospital. There is no forensics examiner in Derna, so she was transferred to al-Bayda, which is 100 kilometers away and back the next day to be buried. The prosecutor’s offices are shut and the court was burned down early in 2011, during the revolution. There is no one who can investigate the killing.
Unidentified assailants gunned down al-Hinaid, a former employee of the state’s internal security apparatus under Muammar Gaddafi on September 9, 2014. A relative told Human Rights Watch on November 19 that gunmen killed al-Hinaid at around 8 a.m. as she left her house to buy bread, a regular routine. Several bullets hit her, and she died on the spot. No one has claimed responsibility.
Kidnappings and Beheadings
On November 1, a video statement by a group of nine masked young men, some of them armed, calling themselves Youth of Derna circulated on the social media. The statement pledged allegiance to the so-called Dignity military operation led by General Hiftar, who had been reinstated with 16 other officers in November by the elected government, and recognized the authority of the elected House of Representatives in Tobruk.
The group called on revolutionaries to take up arms and fight the “extremist militias in Derna including Ansar al-Sharia and ISIS,” and threatened to avenge unlawful killings and other rights abuses of the preceding three years that they alleged the “Muslim Brotherhood and extremist militias” had carried out, vowing to “show no mercy.”
The members of the group remain unidentified but they appear to have included at least one of three young men – Siraj Katish, Mohamed Btaou, and Mohamed al-Mismari – who were subsequently abducted in separate but seemingly coordinated incidents on November 5 in Derna. Their bodies were subsequently found in fields at Hisha, southern Derna. All three had been decapitated.
Derna residents identified al-Mismari as the likely spokesperson who appeared in the video, but Human Rights Watch was unable to confirm the identities of any of the nine youths. Derna residents said al-Mismari had spoken out against the Islamist militias in a June interview but that Katish and Btaou had no known public profiles as activists.
A Derna resident told Human Rights Watch on November 21 that unidentified armed men who arrived in three cars abducted Katish on November 5 as he stood in front of his house with three friends. A Derna resident familiar with the case told Human Rights Watch that on November 10 a shepherd alerted the Derna branch of the Red Crescent after finding the remains of two men, whose heads had been severed and were missing. The bodies were later identified by their families as those of Katish and Btaou. Al-Mismari’s was then found in an adjacent field; his head had also been severed, according to a news report. Human Rights Watch could not confirm the circumstances surrounding the abduction and killing of al-Mismari.
No one has claimed responsibility for these abductions and killings, although local residents have told Human Rights Watch they believe Islamist militants were responsible. One Derna resident who knew Katish said, “The extremists who pledged allegiance to ISIS are de facto in control of the entire city, they are now the strongest group there and they control everything, so they are undoubtedly responsible for the beheadings.”
In another incident, gunmen killed Moataz Bouruaq al-Shalwi near his house on November 13, according to a Derna resident who lives close by. Soon after, news circulated that militants of the Islamic Youth Shura Council had detained three people alleged to have killed al-Shalwi. Activists and news sites suggested that they faced imminent execution by shooting if the victim’s family desired it. There has been no news of the three since.
A May 28 news report said that the severed head of Abdul Moaz Turkawi, a Derna student who had previously challenged militia manning a checkpoint, was found in the compound of the city’s Al-Sahaba Mosque.
Revealed falsification of the Libyan rebels in Amnesty International