ICC issues arrest warrant for Libyan strongman ally

ICC issues arrest warrant for Libyan strongman ally
Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague
16.08.17
Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

On Tuesday August 15, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a new arrest warrant for crimes committed in Libya. Mahmoud al- Werfalli, an ally of Libyan strongman General Khalifa Haftar, is suspected of war crimes for murders committed in 2016 and 2017 in Benghazi region, northeast Libya. The alleged crimes were committed between 2016 and July 2017. Al-Werfalli is said to have murdered and ordered the murders of 33 prisoners...

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