Libya puts Gaddafi loyalists on trial

2012-02-05 20:06

Benghazi - Libya put 41 loyalists of dead dictator Muammar Gaddafi on trial on Sunday, in the first legal proceedings launched against members of the former regime which was ousted after a bloody conflict.

The accused, mostly civilians, appeared in a military court in the eastern city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising against Kadhafi which ended on October 20 with his killing in his home town of Sirte.

"It is the first trial concerning the February 17 revolution," judge Colonel Ali al-Hamida said at the start of the proceedings, referring to the day when the anti-Gaddafi conflict erupted last year in Benghazi.

The 41, all men, are accused of supporting the Gaddafi regime in its attempts to crush the popular revolt, as well as helping prisoners to escape and of setting up "criminal gangs".

An AFP correspondent attending the proceedings said the first session of the trial was held under tight security.

The 15-lawyer defence team for the accused contested the proceedings, saying most of the accused are civilians but are being prosecuted in a military court.

  • Charl - 2012-02-05 20:40

    Shoddy proofreading - in one paragraph Gadaffi get spelled Gadaffi and also Khadafi.

      Boer - 2012-02-05 21:59

      Forget the proof reading just think about Gadaffis cronies finally getting what they deserve .

  • Cracker - 2012-02-05 21:01

    Let's see how dependable and consistent Nato and the rest of the supporters for regime change really are. One expects them not to allow pure and plain revenge proceedings without a proper investigation from their side and PUBLIC announcement about the validity of the legal actions now being instituted. Nobody with common sense who saw that Gaddafi's theatrics on TV and knows about his and his family's and cronies' misdeeds would deplore his departure and, quite frankly, execution. However, the victors must not be permitted unlimited power to do as they like against the losers. The fact is that so many people get caught up in the power struggles and of course their own preservation instincts. A balanced and common sense approach is called for. The rebels have so far not shown signs of the mentioned. Where are the brave Natos now? Especially the French one who exudes Cologne?

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