Human Rights Watch, UNSMIL demand Al-Werfalli be handed to ICC for war crimes

Human Rights Watch has issued a statement condemning the attacks that killed 34 and injured over 80 in Libya’s Benghazi on Tuesday.

Human Rights Watch also condemned the summary killings that were revealed to have been conducted by the man wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, Mahmoud Al-Werfalli.

“On January 24, accounts appeared on multiple news sites and social media displaying undated photos that allegedly show a commander from the Libyan National Army forces (LNA), Mahmoud al-Werfalli, wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC), appearing to execute 10 individuals, assumed to be detainees as they were dressed in blue prison uniforms.” The international human rights body reported on Thursday.

Human Rights Watch explained that it had reviewed a video recording purportedly from the same incident that appeared on social media, showing the apparent execution of 10 men wearing blue uniforms.

“The men, who in the video are kneeling and blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs, are shot one after the other by a bearded man in military fatigues, as a large crowd of onlookers can be seen cheering.” Human Rights Watch added.

In the meantime, the United Nations mission in Libya (UNSMIL) issued a call for the immediate hand over of Al-Werfalli to the Hague.

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