Islamists Protest in Libya Against Execution of Libyans in Iraq
Libyan National Transitional Council on Saturday received a request from the people in Libya to intervene in favor of the Libyans who are being judged and executed by the authorities in Iraq. Islamists rallied in front of the NTC headquarters in Benghazi, some of them carrying weapons in their hands, and demanded that the authorities of the new Libyan republic appeal to the leaders in Baghdad to make sure 30 Libyan people who were arrested during the Iraqi insurgency are not executed.
They demanded Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the chairman of the NTC, to intervene to stop the scheduled executions and to review the sentences. The move started on Friday as the word got out that two of the Libyans were scheduled to be executed on Saturday in Iraq, and in it participated bearded former fighters and families of the condemned.
They carried with them Muslim scriptures and demanded that their country fellows be released on the base of the Muslim morale.
There is a growing fear that the Libyan people, who had put rivalries aside during the fight against Qaddafi, resume the sectarian and tribal vision and attempt to struggle for power, thus endangering the path of democracy.
NTC demanded NATO to remain in Libya for a month more, but the UN Security Council officially ended the mandate offered in March by Resolution 1973. The NATO ministers also ended the mission.
The Libyan leaders had demanded that NATO continue until the end of the year, so that the feel secure and the peace be preserved in a country that was torn by civil war. However, NATO only executed aerial missions and its implication in Libya’s life could not affect it too much any more. NATO offered to assist the new Libyan authorities in preparing the security forces.
International Criminal Court on Saturday announced that the son of the former Libyan leader, Seif al-Islam, was in contact with them via intermediaries and that he wanted to surrender to the international tribunal.
ICC also released the information that the son of the dictator may be extricated from Niger, where he is hiding, by mercenaries. ICC warned him not to attempt to flee. It would seem that presidential son fears for his life and agrees to surrender to the ICC rather than to be apprehended by the NTC troops, who killed his father last week.11