By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli 5 July 2015:
Misrata Municipal Council is to investigate the status of people being held prisoner in the city . . .[restrict]and also that of the places they are being detained as well.
Misrata Mayor Mohamed Eshtewi has appointed a committee to look into the cases both of prisoners who have already spent a period of time incarcerated and of those against whom no clear evidence of guilt has been shown. The aim in to get them released as soon as possible.
The 28-member committee will also investigate the status of prisons.
The existence of militia-run prisons in Libya has come in for strong criticism from human rights organisations, with threats that those involved could be referred to the International Criminal Court. The Draft peace plan issued by UN Special Envoy Bernardino Leon also calls for an end to such prisons. Article 28 specifically commits Libya “to ensure that the power to hold detainees and prisoners is exclusive to the competent judicial authorities and in officially recognised facilities”.
Meanwhile, a court in Misrata has sentenced, in absentia, Ahmed Al-Abdali death for incitement to kill protesters in Misrata during the revolution and providing weapons for the task to Qaddafi supporters. Life sentences for using violence against protestors were also handed to Abu Ajila Salem Tibar, Khaled Najeh, Rabih Eshtewi, Ali Abdullah Al-Hais, Abubaker Abdullah Al-Hais and Jadallah Abdulaziz. [/restrict]