Amnesty International calls on Libyan authorities to hand over Al-Werfalli to ICC

Amnesty International

The Libyan Special Forces commander apparently filmed committing extrajudicial executions must be handed over to the ICC, Amnesty International said in a press release on Thursday.

Responding to reports that yesterday Mahmoud al-Werfalli, former Field Commander of the Special Forces Brigade (Al-Saiqa) affiliated to the Libyan National Army (LNA) and a war crimes suspect wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), extrajudicially executed 10 people in Benghazi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director, Heba Morayef, said the video currently circulating on social media appears to be a demonstration of the horrifying consequences of the rampant impunity that exists in Libya.

“As long as indicted war crimes suspects feel they can carry on committing grave violations without facing justice, the prospects for establishing rule of law in Libya will remain grim.” She added.

“The onus is now on the General Commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Hafter and the Libyan authorities to ensure that Mahmoud al-Werfalli is handed to the ICC, making it clear that those who commit war crimes and other serious violations will be brought to justice.” Moryef explained.

Mahmoud Al-Werfalli is wanted by the ICC for war crimes. An arrest warrant was issued for him by the ICC in August 2017.

His new video is the latest in a series of videos that show him carrying out extrajudicial killings of defenseless unarmed captives which took place on seven different occasions.

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