Saturday, June 29, 2013

Libya - A Country in Chaos

The following quotation from a TIME magazine article is dealing with the alleged inability of Libyan officials to deal appropriately with the case of Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam. This is considered as a sign of increasing chaos in Libya. Latest rumours on Libyan weapons from a former Gaddafi arsenal being transferred to Syrian conflict zones might support such estimation.

Libya’s Disaster of Justice: The Case of Saif
al-Islam Gaddafi Reveals a Country in Chaos

" When NATO launched its bombing campaign in 2011 against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, the Western and Arab leaders who pushed for military intervention vowed to bring to justice the men who had conducted wartime atrocities against civilians—the main motivation for the military intervention in the first place. Yet two years on, as the legal battle over how to try the worst offenders of the Gaddafi regime drags on, some fear that the effort might have damaged the reputation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), potentially impacting its ability to pursue cases elsewhere. .....

..... For months, prosecutors at the ICC in The Hague have fought a bitter battle to have Libyan officials transfer two high-profile defendants to the Hague, where they are wanted on war crimes: Gaddafi’s once hugely powerful son Saif al-Islam, and Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi. The ICC indicted both men (as well as the slain Gaddafi) back in May 2011, at the height of NATO’s bombing campaign, on charges that they ordered security forces to shoot unarmed protesters during the first two weeks of the uprising, before the opposition took up arms. ICC jurists argue that since the U.N. Security Council had ordered the ICC investigation in the first place, each U.N. member (Libya included) is duty-bound to abide by the arrest warrant, and ship the two to The Hague for trial. Yet despite that, neither man seems like to appear in the Dutch city any time soon, and if Libya’s new government has its way, they never will. ..... "

[Source: TIME magazine on June 28, 2013. For more information refer to the original article by Vivienne Walt.]

By the way, former Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi seems to become some kind of standard for political wickedness. The following evaluation was published the day before on June 28 by The Original Constitution الدستور الأصلي which belongs to the opposition against Egypt's president Mohammad Morsi. It describes the Egyptian president as "القذافي في نسخته المصري" "The Egyptian Copy of Gaddafi".


Visitor to "blueprint news" coming from the Ugandan capital of Kampala. He could be located in the neighbourhood of "Gadaffi Mosque", named in honour of former Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi.

The "Moammar Gadaffi Mosque" is dominating the old part of Kampala city, capital of Uganda. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya built the mosque as a gift to Uganda, and for the benefit of the Muslim population. The completed mosque was opened officially in June 2007 and houses the head offices of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council that represents some 12% of Uganda's total population.

"... To get to the mosque, you can drive down Gaddafi Road. Throughout the Ugandan capital, there are army barracks and auto repair shops named after the former dictator. ..."
[Source: How Gaddafi is Remembered in Uganda]

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