Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Verdict awaited in trial of Gaddafi-era officials

[What follows is excerpted from a Reuters news agency report dated 1 June 2015:]

A Libyan court will rule on July 28 on a son of Muammar Gaddafi and 36 other former regime officials accused of war crimes and suppressing peaceful protests during the 2011 revolution, a state prosecutor said on Monday. (...)

Others in the dock include Gaddafi-era prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, former foreign minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi and ex-intelligence chief Buzeid Dorda. They also face corruption and other charges.

The trial had started in April 2014 before fighting between rival factions in Tripoli ripped Libya apart in a power struggle which has produced two governments competing for authority.

It takes place in Tripoli which is controlled by a rival government set up after an armed faction called Libya Dawn seized the capital in August, expelling the official premier to the east.

The struggle has worsened chaos in the oil producer which has struggled to establish basic institutions since Gaddafi's four-decade one-man rule ended in 2011.

"The court has ended the hearing after all defendants gave their oral and written defence statements," said Sadiq al-Sur, head of the investigation department at the attorney general.

"God willing there will be a verdict on July 28...for 37 defendants," he told Reuters.
The International Criminal Court and other human rights organisations worry about the fairness of Libya's justice system although the North African country won the right in 2013 to try Gaddafi's former spy chief at home instead of at the ICC in The Hague.
Sur said all defendants had had plenty of time to meet their lawyers despite claims by some they had struggled to get access to their clients.
The verdicts could be appealed, said Sur.
[RB: Although he is not mentioned by name in the report, one of the other accused is Mohammed Belqasim Zwai. Obeidi, Dorda and Zwai were intimately involved on the Libyan side in seeking a resolution of the Lockerbie affair. In my dealings with them, I found them to be honest and straightforward -- a contrast with their UK and US counterparts.]

1 comment:

  1. DOSSIER LOCKERBIE, google translation, German/English:

    The proof of fraud by Scottish official, opposite the FBI Laboratory for forensiche research.

    A green, coloured MST-13 timer fragment (PT-35) alleged found in Lockerbie on January 1990, was taken by the Scottish Inspector William Williamson and expert Allen Ferady (RARDE) on June 22, 1990 for an analysis and comparison, with one of a Libya supplied MST-13 timer (K-1) to the FBI Laboratory at Washington. This fragment was a forgery (duplicate) - made of 9 layers of fiberglass and both sides with green solder stop paint coated, because:

    1) > the original manipulated MST-13 timer fragment (PT-35) black carbonized, was from a prototype fabricated with 8 layers of fiberglass;

    2) > the original fragment (PT-35), existed on 22 June 1990 not more than (PT-35) !
    The circuit board (PT-35) was sawn 55 days earlier, on April 27, 1990, in company Siemens in Germany on orders from William Williamson, in two parts: the major part of no. 353, was marked with (PT 35/b) the smaller section of no. 419, with (DP-31/a) !

    3) > by this "Scottish machination" the FBI confirmed on August 20.1990, in a secret report No. 262-23 the following:

    Personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Explosives Unit di~covered a similarity between the circuit board fragment (PT 35) and a printed circuit board, which is a component part of an electronic timer *recovered In Africa in September, 1986 (now referred as specimen K-l). On June 22, 1990, a side by side comparison of specimen K-l and PT 35, resulted in a positive identification of PT 35, as being similar to spaciman K-l. In essence, it has been determined that tha PT 35 circuit board fragment originated from a circuit board that was like or identical to specimen K-l circuit board, SECRET before

    The Scottish Police have determined, after extensive investigation, that the green circuit board (PT 35) is single sided and composed of nine (9) layers of glass cloth. A solder mask has been applied to both sides of the board. The solder mask appears to be a wet epoxy base type that was either screen printed or brushed on to the board.
    MEBO: *This MST-13 Timer Type (K-1) was taken in Togo from USA in possession and should come from a previously delivered Timer to Libya. Through this FBI Comparison - Libya was associated with the Bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie.
    Comprehensive proof of facts in the new MEBO report 182, soon...
    Please see the interview from ex FBI Agent Mr. Fred Whitehurst:

    by Edwin Bollier, MEBO Ltd. Telecommunication Switzerland. Webpage: