May 4, 2012
Tripoli, May 4 (Prensa Latina) Libyans loyal to Muammar Gaddafi criticized on Friday the immunity granted by the National Transitional Council (NTC) to former insurgents who fought against him and the approval of a law that considers a crime any praise of the late leader.
Community representatives showed their disagreement with the measure, adopted by the NTC on Thursday to pardon former rebels that fought Gaddafi’s Army under its command, backed by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
They admitted that rejection of the symbols of the toppled government prevail in this country, mainly encouraged by the new leadership. However, they urged to recall atrocities committee by the rebels, allegedly in the name of liberty.
The measure made public yesterday on the NTC website indicates that “acts committed out of necessity in the (alleged) revolution of February 17 will not be punished”.
On that date, a revolt broke in the city of Benghazi, in eastern Libya, which is now promoting a federalist leaning.
In fact, a group that criticizes the poor performance of Libyan authorities in the past six months denounced that with the new legislation, the government is trying to ease tension between Tripoli and circles in Benghazi that declared autonomous the Cirenaica region.
According to the website, the immunity benefits “military acts by security troops and revolutionary civilians aimed at securing the success of the revolution.”
However, the authorities in this country fail to made clear if the measure also favors those who committed acts after October 23, 2011, when NTC leader Mistafa Abdul-Jalil proclaimed the liberation in the wake of Gaddafi’s capture and assassination.
Human rights organizations joined the criticism of the measure, arguing that war crimes attributed to followers and opponents of Gaddafi in 2011 must be brought to justice.
They also recalled the numerous cases of torture in detention centers controlled by militias of former insurgents, and the harassment of immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa on racial grounds.
The controversial law also orders the ministers of Defense and Interior to try fighters loyal to Gaddafi that are held without charges by members of the militias, or release them by July 12 if there is not enough evidence against them. The two officials must also act against those posing “a threat to the stability and security of Libya for the only reason of having played a role in the toppled government or having been part of its official and unofficial bodies.”