An Islamic State (IS) militant who was involved in the beheading in Derna of a Libyan National Army (LNA) soldier in 2015 has been captured in an LNA undercover operation in the town, it has been revealed.
Anis Bualjieh Awami, who held up the head of Abdulnabi Al-Shargawi at the Ateeq Mosque on 3 June 2015, was captured last month, although the news has only just been divulged. He was seized near his home in Derna by a small unit sent in to grab him and others.
Shargawi was an LNA volunteer who was captured on 29 May 2015 and then publicly beheaded a week later at the mosque. Awami was not the actual executioner. That was said to be Abdul Rahman Mikraz, killed a few days latter in fighting between IS and the Abu Sleem Brigade, the main element in the Derna Mujahideen Shoura Council forces. Awami was one of IS guards at the execution and held up the head to be photographed.
A local resident of Derna, born in 1987, he pledged allegiance to IS in 2014. After it was crushed by the muhajideen he was arrested and held first at a prison in the western Shiha area then transferred to Bishr prison. In 2016, he changed allegiance like a number of others, to the mujadideen. He then started working as a guard in the same prison, then later as a checkpoint guard. libyaherald.com
The father of a Saudi man facing the death penalty has suggested that an intervention by David Cameron could save his son’s life.
Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, 21, has been sentenced to death by beheading and crucifixion in Saudi Arabia, after being arrested for allegedly taking part in anti-government protests in 2012, when he was just 17.
His father Mohammed al-Nimr said that his son is among eight young men who have been sentenced to death, but insisted that he was “completely innocent” of the charges against him.
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister said Britain had raised concerns about the al-Nimr case with the Saudi authorities, adding that he would see whether he could find an opportunity to do so personally.
But the Saudi Embassy in Britain made clear the oil-rich state’s irritation at international condemnation of the sentence, releasing a statement which said: “The judiciary is an independent body and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects any form of interference in its internal affairs and any impingement on its sovereignty or the independence and impartiality of its judiciary.”
Mohammed al-Nimr told Channel 4 News: ” I heard that Cameron has spoken about my son’s case. I see this a positive step. Our two countries have a warm and friendly relationship, so I expect this will lead to a good outcome. I hope that Cameron’s intervention will have a positive effect on the Saudi royal family.”
He added: “I want to thank Mr Cameron and the international community. I know we are all good friends so I believe that all these calls for my son’s release will be very welcome. belfasttelegraph.co.uk