Benghazi, 14 March 2103:
An attempt to prosecute the deputy leader of the former National Transitional Council, Abdul-Hafez Gogha, collapsed on Tuesday . . .[restrict]when the court ruled that it had no jurisdiction in the case.
The private prosecution centred on his view that the revolution did not start until 21 February 2011 and that between 15 February and then what took place were protests.
The 17 February Revolution Martyrs’ Families Association of Benghazi lodged criminal proceedings against him, accusing him of forging documents with other unnamed lawyers to back up his claim.
Gogha was resigned as the NTC’s deputy chairman on January 22 last year following a series of protests against him. A few days before he resigned he was jostled by angry students when he visited Bengahzi University. They were protesting that under Qaddafi, he had been secretary of the solicitors’ syndicate. The day before his resignation a crowd attacked the NTC office in Benghazi.