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Libya: Militia executed dozens of captured Gaddafi fighters

last updated Oct 22, 2012

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) accuses militia forces from the Libyan city of Misrata of severely beating and later executing at least 66 members of the convoy with which Muammar Gaddafi tried to escape one year ago. The report also details Gaddafi’s final hours.

Supported by phone videos, hospital photos and on-site-findings, the report documents the extrajudicial execution of at least 66 members at the Mahari Hotel. The allegations imply that anti-government forces supported by NATO members were responsible for the killing of captured combatants which constitutes a war crime under international laws of war. Despite the fact that both sides committed such crimes during the armed conflict, this incident would be the worst attributed to the coalition of anti-government militias.

HRW also questions that Gaddafi was killed in crossfire between loyalist fighters and provisional government forces.

Libya still struggles with strong militia groups. Last month National Assembly President Mohammed el-Magarief vowed to dissolve all militias operating outside the control of the government.

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