Kobler brands Benghazi killings “a war crime”, demands prosecutions
By Libya Herald reporters.
Benghazi/Tripoli, 22 July 2016:
UN Special Envoy Martin Kobler has said that he is “utterly shocked” at the killing of 14 men in Benghazi who bodies were found dumed in a rubbish tip in Leithi district yesterday. “This is a war crime”, he tweeted today, adding that he wanted an immediate investigation.
“Those responsible must be held accountable and brought to justice,” he added.
The victims are said to include a number of people from Leithi, including the imam at the local mosque, Abdullah Al-Fakhri. A father of three, he was also the local marriage registrar.
The other bodies are said to be those of:-
- Ali Shaaban Al-Zwai (another imam from a mosque in Al-Wahaishi district)
- Hakim Hijazi (a Benina airport technician who allegedly denounced the presence of foreign forces at the airport)
- Tariq Tajouri (a Koranic student)
- Bubakr Bukhatale
- Sheikh Abdulhadi Razagk Barasi
- Sheikh Mohammed Razag Barasi
- Rajab Attia Al-Jazwi
- Attia Rajab Al-Jazwi
- Ibrahim Rajab Al-Jazwi
- Hatem Rajab Al-Jazwi
- Salih Al-Fahri
- Emad Alaguri
- Aimen Al-Zoubik
The list may not been wholly acurate. A relative of the Jazwis told the Libya Herald that while the family had been firm supporters of Ansar Al-Sharia and the father and one some had been killed, two other sons were in Tripoli. He did not specify which two.
The killing of Al-Fakhri has particular angered and upset many Bengahzi residents. He was popular and seen as a good, hardworking imam.