Tripoli, 30 January 2013:
The assassination of Misrata council member Mohamed Ben Othman last Saturday was carried out by Qaddafi supporters intent on destablising the entire country, according to the leader of the Justice and Construction (J&C), party Mohammed Sawan.
Ben Othman was a member of the J&C.
Speaking in a press conference yesterday evening, Tuesday, at the party’s headquarters in Tripoli, Sawan claimed that Othman had received several threatening letters from Qaddafi regime supporters. These “traitors”, he said, were being manipulated and financed from abroad. He suggested that some were in Misrata itself. He spoke of elements of the former regime remaining “in some Libyan cities that were besieged by the former regime during the 17 February Revolution”.
The two main ones were Misrata and Zawia.
Sawan also accused those behind the assassination of employing other means to destabilise the country such as spreading of rumours and sewing division among Libyans.
He added that J&C had presented a draft national reconciliation charter, to involve all responsible and patriotic political organisations and leading national figures in order to get the country out of its current political problems.
He said that the objective was stability, security and peace through national partnership. It also aimed at promoting a spirit of civil solidarity and national identity.