Rebels promise fair trials for Gaddafi loyalists

2011-08-27 23:00

Cairo/Tripoli - The head of the Libyan rebel council Mustafa Abdul Jalil promised on Saturday to hold fair trials for those who worked with the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

"Figures loyal to Gaddafi who did not previously announce siding with the revolution, or have no clear position, will not be welcome to have a place in future Libya, politically speaking," the head of the Transitional National Council said.

However, he told a press conference in the eastern city of Benghazi: "Their safety is our responsibility, and they will have the opportunity to be tried in the legal framework."

"We will not allow revenge acts. This message is also directed to our revolutionaries in Bani Walid," he added, referring to a town south of Tripoli.

Rebels now have their eyes on Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown. They are mobilising more forces east and west of the coastal city, as they await the outcome of negotiations with tribal chiefs to allow them to enter it without a fight.

On Friday, Nato targets around Sirte included one armoured fighting vehicle, 11 armed vehicles and two military shelters.

Gaddafi’s whereabouts unknown

Abdul Jalil said he had no factual information on the whereabouts of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi or his sons.

The whereabouts of Gaddafi and his family remain unknown amid unconfirmed reports of a convoy of six armoured cars which crossed into Algeria, and could be carrying Gaddafi.

The council might ask police officers from Arab and Muslim countries to help with the security situation in Libya, Abdul Jalil said, adding that he did not want security forces from any other states.

His statement came after the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon said that an international police force may have to be deployed to Libya to help restore order in the conflict-ridden nation.

Tripoli was calm on Saturday, after rebels had pushed Gaddafi's forces out. Yet, the capital was in dire need of help, especially medical aid and surgery supplies, in addition to basic food.

Higher priority

"This phase is no less than fighting on front lines. Food has higher priority than security," Abdul Jalil said, as he called on international organisations for help.

Earlier on Saturday, the council's spokesperson Mahmoud Shammam said in Tripoli there were plans to restock Libya with vital supplies, including 30 000 tons of petrol which will be distributed to the public starting on Saturday.

Diesel fuel will also be arriving to help pump water into the city and the council will reopen gas supplies within two days, he said.

"We are dealing with all military issues. Soon you will hear good news about Tripoli being clear and stable. We have managed to do what many others failed to do," he said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it will do its best to provide needed supplies in Libya.

"Many drugs are lacking in Libya and the import has been slowed down. Even drugs for cancer, diabetes, kidney failure are running out and that is a real issue," Steven Anderson, a spokesperson for the ICRC in Libya said in a statement.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-27 23:31

    Although one can't believe everything written in a newspaper, The Mail on line and The SUN say Gaddafi is in Zimbabwe. ???????

      slg - 2011-08-28 02:24

      I hope that's not true. The further away from South Africa the better.

      Walter - 2011-08-28 07:35

      I have also received an unconfirmed email to say that Gaddafi is in a "safe house" at Gunhill in Zimbabwe. He was flown in on a Zimbabwean jet and the place is surrounded by Libyan and CIO personnel, it is alleged! "The MDC VAA intend storming the premises and effecting an arrest of Gaddafi."

      nn.prv - 2011-08-28 12:17

      Dream on.Zim will neva be a colony again!

  • slg - 2011-08-28 02:48

    The TNC have the responsibility to get this message out and get it out loudly and clearly. It should go one step further and state that anyone executing or otherwise taking revenge on Gadhafi's soldiers or followers will be held accountable.

  • Bishop: L - 2011-08-28 03:48

    I agree with what Fomer President Mbeki Sad.Africa can solve problem without the help of Europe intervining.Fight is not a solution open dicusion is the answer of the problems.When Country facing difficulities Blood of innosent people is not a solution,Guns and hevey weapone is not solution.People must learn from South Africa solution is not a fight is talking.

      slg - 2011-08-28 04:55

      Couldn't agree more except that Gadhafi chose to fight and declared war on his own people. Should the world just watch while he does this? Did we not learn from Ruwanda? There is such a thing as fighting for peace. Unfortunately South Africa is the second-most violent country in the world. It's shocking and awful. I wish your philosophy would be applied by all South Africans.

      Met - 2011-08-28 05:09

      What can Africa do without help? Absolutely NOTHING.Whatever they touch, is instantly destroyed- fact!

      Anton - 2011-08-28 05:10

      Bishop:L Those thoughts are great, but please remember; That at the start of this conflict, when unarmed protesters went on the street of Benghazi, gaddafi's response was; "The blood of the "opposition" will flow in the streets of Libya" and "We will go door to door and flush out these rats" That was the turning point in this uprising. Unfortunately, gaddafi kept his word !!!!!

      realist - 2011-08-28 07:24

      Bishop when has africa solved it's own problems? When I last looked it was a ferked up continent. Take off your rose coloured specs and see the world realistically.

  • Patrick - 2011-08-28 05:34

    As Adolf Hitler said: ‘Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.’ And his propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, said: ‘The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Hitler also said, with equal relevance: ‘What luck for the rulers that men do not think.’ NATO planes pepper-bombed Tripoli in support of the ‘rebels’ on the ground. Thousands of the very civilians that the UN resolution said should be protected were killed in the process. But we hear nothing of this in the mainstream media and precious little of the murder and executions of Gaddafi supporters by the ‘rebels’ throughout the conflict and after they entered Tripoli.

      slg - 2011-08-28 06:52

      If you keep repeating the untruth that Nato is killing thousands of civilians, you'll come to believe it.

      Rijger - 2011-08-28 08:48

      Uhm, Slg, what Patrick is talking about is the spreading of half-truths until it is believed and taken for the truth, specifically in the context of Nato's misuse of resolution 1973. Resolution 1973 authorised the safeguarding of civilians, not the support given to the rebels in trying to overthrow the Gaddaffi regime. But then you are an expert at bending the truth until it suits you, no?

      slg - 2011-08-28 09:18

      I know what he said. I've just given an example of it. Nato is surgically targeting Gadhafi's military resources (that belong to the Libyan people by the way, not Gadhafi) that Gadhafi is using in his war against all Libyans who are demanding the right to elect their leaders and live free of his oppressive rule. This is entirely within the ambit of UN Resolution 1973.

      Rijger - 2011-08-28 13:10

      Slg, you can deny all you want, Nato and their allies are misusing Resolution 1973 for their own goals. Destroying military capacity prior to any attacks by the rebels most definitely do not fall under 1973. Just wondering: 1 What is thre definition of a civilian and is an armed rebel classified as a civilian? 2 Who are protecting the civilians against atrocities by the rebels, as pointed out by the Human Rights Watch who pointed out atrocities from both sides 3 What about civilians killed during Nato's bomb attacks, or are they just fatalities to be swept under the carpet and forgotten?

      Rijger - 2011-08-28 13:17

      Oh, Slg, by the way, if thesese bombing attacks are "Surgically targeting military resources", I can just pray that these experts from Nato never have to "Surgically target" my tonsils, I might just end up being emasculated instead with my tonsils still in place!

      slg - 2011-08-28 16:22

      What would the point be of destroying those military installations after they've been used by Gadhafi? This doesn't make sense. Targeting the military resources being used by Gadhafi is completely within the ambit of UN Resolution 1973. This is the whole point of the resolution. The Rebels because Rebels, arming themselves, after Gadhafi turned on them and started killing, detaining, maiming and causing to be raped anyone who was demanding the right to elect their leaders. Just go back and look at the early video. It's similar to what is happening in Syria right now, and what happened in Tunisia and Egypt. The Rebels are targeting Gadhafi's soldiers and their supporters. They are not targeting random civilians like Gadhafi's snipers and soldiers are. They are not raping women into submission as Gadhafi's soldiers are, on instruction of Gadhafi's and his sons. Nato goes to great lengths to avoid harm to civilians. This is well known by those who allow this information to be real and don't have an agenda to prove Nato is the villain.

      Rijger - 2011-08-28 21:32

      Slg, Resolution 1973 dealt specifically with the safe guarding of civilians, nothing more, nothing less. Destroying military instalations to make it easier for the rebels,most definitely do not fall into this category. At least you are now admitting that Gadaffi supporters are being targeted, although a lot of them are civilians. You did not answer my questions, the question still remain, who is going to protect them?

  • realist - 2011-08-28 07:21

    Gadaffi is sitting pretty in zimbabwe or south africa.

  • nn.prv - 2011-08-28 12:15

    REBELS ! Who can be ruled by rebels?

  • beicime - 2011-08-28 13:44

    Better be as they say and who is promsing fair trials to the rebels?

  • Bishop: L - 2011-08-30 03:18

    NATO is not a police force - it is a military Alliance, designed to protect its public from military conflict and, increasingly, to project stability and security to a much larger area. It is by no stretch of the imagination a law enforcement organisation for its member states. And indeed, because of its nature, it is not terribly well-suited to dealing with law enforcement issues even in areas where NATO leads large peacekeeping operations.My Question is Nato Breinging Peace in Libiya or protecting the citizen.If yes what bout dose boming ,in that place der is no innocent citizen or is de Gdafian Solders only if it is not dere is a big question about deir mission and deir Act 1973.The fact is in bulet deir isn no peace,in boming deir is no lives,but deir is only one weapone talkes and settling problem.

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