Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, plans to run for president in the country’s upcoming 2018 elections, the family’s spokesman, Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul, has confirmed. “Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, enjoys the support of major tribes in Libya so he can run for the upcoming presidential elections due in 2018,” al-Soul told Egypt Today. “Saif al-Islam plans to impose more security and stability in accordance with the Libyan geography and in coordination with all Libyan factions.” Gaddafi was released from prison in June, six years after the NATO-backed uprising which ousted his father and plunged the country, which has now fallen into the hands of warring militias, into anarchy. rt.com
The commander of the Libyan national army has been explaining the help and hindrance of foreign states, in the conflict that’s plaguing the country. General Khalifa Haftar’s been visiting Moscow, and has been speaking exclusively to RT.He took part in the coup that brought Gaddafi to power, but also played a crucial role in toppling him in 2011. RT’s Sameera Khan explains how General Haftar fought his way back into Libya’s political arena after decades abroad.
The struggle for power from the ruins of Libya is likely to get even uglier, and what is becoming decidedly more noticeable is the role of other interfering states who are betting on one side or another in the game for the prize that is Libya.
The latest international intrigue, orchestrated by what we might call the “new colonialist alliance,” surrounds the future of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s most prominent son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.
The United States, UK, the UN are egging on the United Arab Emirates and their allies including France and Jordan to finish the job in Libya by cajoling Libyan National Army commander, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, to totally abandon any thought of allowing Saif a role in the future of Libya. This new colonial order is seemingly becoming afraid of his growing popularity.
The US and its allies in the West and amongst the Arabs are engineering the so-called “Abu Dhabi Process” to bring Libya’s civil war to a close with a series of meetings for Gen. Haftar with world leaders. Haftar’s meetings include the head of the Presidential Council, UN appointed Prime Minister Serraj; King Abdullah of Jordan; and the head of AFRICOM. Lastly and importantly, Haftar will meet with the new French President this week, a meeting worked out during Trump’s visit to Paris.
To the West, Saif al-Islam is the poster child of the old order. The US, UK, and the UN want Saif al-Islam on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague also to isolate and silence him. Quite simply he knows too much about the West’s past duplicity. Failing that, there is a good chance he will be assassinated.
Additionally, Saif al-Islam is being held responsible for his father’s actions, from Lockerbie, which ironically he was not involved in, to now being part of the alleged plot with Qatar to kill the then Saudi King Abdullah.
So thoroughly has the West manipulated the process in Libya that they have recently been able to convince Gen. Haftar to give up on any alliance with Saif al-Islam through a dramatic push by the United Arab Emirates in Zintan. Zintan, of course, is where Saif al-Islam was held in prison until quite recently.
The West does not like Haftar mainly due to his closeness to Russia, but they are doing their best to get him to go along with this plan. Haftar is popular with the Libyan people, however, as is Saif.
According to irrefutable and reliable ground sources, a tribal meeting occurred in Zintan last Friday where an “agreement was signed” calling for the arrest of al-Siddiq militia leader Ajmi al-Atiri (who had been responsible for Saif Gaddafi since he arrested him in the desert) and to immediately search and re-arrest Saif al-Islam.
The fact is the UAE and the US do not like the signs of a country-wide movement, with tribal support, to make Saif al-Islam a Mandela style reconciliation figure.
The ground-game is important, but for immediate purposes the West just scored a major coup by setting the stage for Libya to spit-out Saif al-Islam right into the open jail cell in the ICC despite the lack of evidence against him. The ICC is merely a tool of the American dominated UN and Gaddafi’s son, the victim.
Will the US and its allies succeed? And what happens if they do? ronpaulinstitute.org
A senior officer in the city of Zenten in Libya said that Seif Al-Islam Gaddafi was free in his country and that he could have a big role to play in the future. Colonel Ajmi Al-Atiri, head of the Aboubakr Al Siddik brigade, responsible for prisons in Zenten, said in a video broadcast by satellite channel France 24 that “Seif Al-Islam is set free and is on Libyan soil . That’s all I can tell you. ”
According to the military official, Muammar Gaddafi’s son still enjoys great popularity in his country and will have an important role in the future. According to Al-Atiri, Seif Al-Islam Gaddafi benefited from a general amnesty law enacted by the Parliament of Tobruk. Remember that Seīf Al-Islam was captured in November 2011 in western Libya by one of the Zenten brigades, which refused to hand it over to the Libyan authorities. reflexiondz.net
The Libyan news agency reveal an attempt Hfter and Trabelsi failed to get rid of Saif al- Islam
I learned agency JANA news agency from an informed source, that “Khalifa Haftar” Commander of the Parliament of Tobruk troops, has by his ally in Zintan “Imed Trabelsi,” the commander of the militia lightning unsuccessful attempt to get rid of the engineer, “Saif al-Islam Gaddafi,” in exchange for a sum of money estimated at 10 million dinars.
The source explained that the attempt to “Hfter” and “Tripoli” relied on to get rid of Dean “Idris material” and Dean “Ajami Aotaira” commanders Room Western Region Operations Battalion Abu Bakr detainee has “Saif al-Islam,” and replace them with others is their loyalty to the “Trabelsi “In order for them to control the detainee held by the” sword of Islam “and get rid of it later.
The source added that this attempt Abaat failure after leaked from some of the officers belonging to what is known of public leadership in the meadow, and access to the people of the city of Zintan who fought them and cut off suppress.
And said editor (height) for Political Affairs This attempt comes in continuation of the plot in February that targeted the leaders and men of the nation, and that “Hfter” who did not hide his ambition to rule the country had sent the envoys to the US administration in order to help it ruled the country, as well was quoted by the media about the French Ambassador in Tunis that “Hfter” over her openly about his intention at the head of Libya, from this standpoint sees “Saif al-Islam,” the greatest threat to his political ambitions, because of its experience of policy and support between the Libyan tribes and the rest of the segments Libyan people, who have become view him as the key to resolve the Libyan crisis, and lift the nation which beset by devastation and destruction long various walks of life, and the Arab and international parties have become the last name put on discussions about Libya table.
It is noteworthy that “Saif al-Islam,” which has more than five years in captivity in Zintan reunited the amnesty law adopted by the Parliament in the month of Tobruk Nasser 2015. jamahiriyanewsagency.wordpress.com
Following confirmation that Younis had indeed defected to the side of the rebels, he was declared commander-in-chief of its armed forces. In March, a military spokesperson announced that Khalifa Haftar had replaced Younis as commander of the military; however, the National Transitional Council denied this. By April, Younis held the role of commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, with Omar El-Hariri serving as Younis’s Chief of Staff, while Haftar took the third most senior position as the commander of ground forces with the rank of lieutenant general.
At Younis’s funeral, his son Ashraf called for Gaddafi’s return to bring stability back to Libya. “We want the green flag back,” he shouted to the crowd, referring to Gaddafi’s national banner. It was a risky display of emotion in a region so supportive of the rebels.
Haftar: No political future for the engineer Saif al-Islam
The situation in Libya is so chaotic that the “libyanisation” neologism is currently imposing itself. It has become a fatal combination of balkanisation – the division of a state into autonomous districts – and somalisation – the failing of a government in favour of militia groups.
Currently, the country has three governments. During the last five years, Libya has seen two general elections, an aborted coup d’etat, the arrival of the Islamic State group (IS) and low-intensity ethnic conflicts. The decaying situation is such that more and more Libyans are calling for a return of the Jamahiriya (“state of the masses”), implemented by Muammar Gaddafi.
“We want to liberate the Jamahiriya, which was the victim of a coup d’etat led by NATO”, Franck Pucciarelli told the Middle East Eye. The Frenchman, who lives in Tunisia, is the spokesman for a group of partisans of the Libyan and international revolutionary groups, who act as the transmission belt for the Gaddafi ideology. He explained that members have been working since 2012 from outside the country.
The organisation reportedly has some 20,000 members in Libya and 15,000 to 20,000 exiled former soldiers are prepared to return. “We are able to organise a popular uprising and if Libya falls into chaos, it is thanks to our actions,” states the spokesman.
Ahmed, a former director at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs today living in Tunisia, is more measured. “We have made the most of the instability to return, but are not responsible for anything, he told MEE. The Libyan people and international community have simply realised that Libya can only be governed under the Jamahiriya”.
The three types of Gaddafi loyalists
The two men do, however, agree on the political organisation of the country after regaining power. The idea is to hold a referendum – or rather a plebiscite – on the return of the Jamahiriya with the presence of the international community to supervise the vote. It would be a relatively modernised state of the masses, with a senate representing the tribes, a lower house and above all a constitution –which were lacking under Mouammar Gaddafi.
It is a scenario which causes Rachid Kechana, director of the North African Study Centre on Libya, to smile. He accepts that there is a sustainable renewal of the green ideology (the colour of the Jamahiriya). “The return to grace of the former regime can above all be understood by the failure of the post-revolutionary transition. And the Gaddafi ideologies are based on this failure to return to the forefront of the political scene, and not a genuine popular acceptance. The Gaddafi loyalists will never return to power, but they will have some importance, through strategic alliances in the future Libya.” middleeasteye.net
Note source is Qatari – Pro Muslim Brotherhood/Misrata – applauds the murder of supporters of the Jamahiriya – “The most revolutionary militia in Tripoli (Muslim Brotherhood & al-Qaeda alliance – Libya Dawn) has understood the potential danger of such a rampant nostalgia to develop. In June, they assassinated 12 loyalists in Tripoli from the Jamahiriya who had just completed their prison sentences for crimes committed in 2011.”
Libya ~ Caravan pro-Gaddafi in Benghazi ~ July 6, 2016
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When NATO murdered Gaddafi and blitzed his country in 2011, they hoped the socialist ‘Jamahiriya’ movement he led would be dead and buried. Now his son has been released from prison to a hero’s welcome with his movement increasingly in the ascendancy.
There were various moments during NATO’s destruction of Libya that were supposed to symbolically crown Western supremacy over Libya and its institutions (and, by implication, over all African and Arab peoples): the ‘fall of Tripoli’ in August 2011; Cameron and Sarkozy’s victory speeches the following month; the lynch-mob execution of Muammar Gaddafi that came soon after. All of them were pyrrhic victories – but none more so than the death sentence handed down to Gaddafi’s son (and effective deputy leader) Saif al-Gaddafi in July 2015.
Saif had been captured by the Zintan militia shortly after his father and brother were killed by NATO’s death squads in late 2011. The ‘International’ Criminal Court – a neocolonial farce which has only ever indicted Africans – demanded he be handed over to them, but the Zintan – fiercely patriotic despite having fought with NATO against Gaddafi – refused. Over the next two years the country descended into the chaos and societal collapse that Gaddafi had predicted, sliding inexorably towards civil war.
By 2014, the country’s militias had coalesced around two main groupings – the Libyan National Army, composed of those who supported the newly elected, and mainly secular, House of Representatives; and the Libya Dawn coalition, composed of the militias who supported the Islamist parties that had dominated the country’s previous parliament but refused to recognize their defeat at the polls in 2014. After fierce fighting, the Libya Dawn faction took control of Tripoli. It was there that Saif, along with dozens of other officials of the Jamahiriya – the Libyan ‘People’s State’ which Gaddafi had led – were put on trial for their life. However, once again the Zintan militia – allied to the Libyan National Army – refused to hand him over. After a trial condemned by human rights groups as “riddled with legal flaws”, in a court system dominated by the Libya Dawn militias, an absent Saif was sentenced to death, along with eight other former government officials. The trial was never recognized by the elected government, by then relocated to Tobruk. A gloating Western media made sure to inform the world of the death sentence, which they hoped would extinguish forever the Libyan people’s hopes for a restoration of the independence, peace and prosperity his family name had come to represent.
It was a hope that would soon be dashed. Less than a year later, the France 24 news agency arranged an interview with Saif Al Gaddafi’s lawyer Karim Khan in which he revealed to the world that Saif had in fact, “been given his liberty on April 12, 2016″, in accordance with the amnesty law passed by the Tobruk parliament the previous year. Given the crowing over Saif’s death sentence the previous year, and his indictment by the International Criminal Court, this was a major story. Yet, by and large, it was one the Western media chose to steadfastly ignore – indeed, the BBC did not breathe a single word about it.
What is so significant about his release, however, is what it represents: the recognition, by Libya’s elected authorities, that there is no future for Libya without the involvement of the Jamahiriya movement.
The truth is, this movement never went away. Rather, having been forced underground in 2011, it has been increasingly coming out into the open, building up its support amongst a population sick of the depravities and deprivations of the post-Gaddafi era.
Exactly five years ago, following the start of the NATO bombing campaign, Libyans came out onto the streets in massive demonstrations in support of their government in Tripoli, Sirte, Zlitan and elsewhere. Even the BBC admitted that “there is no discounting the genuine support that exists”, adding that “’Muammar is the love of millions’ was the message written on the hands of women in the square”.
Following the US-UK-Qatari invasion of Tripoli the following month, however, the reign of terror by NATO’s death squad militias ensured that public displays of such sentiments could end up costing one’s life. Tens of thousands of ‘suspected Gaddafi supporters’ were rounded up by the militias in makeshift ‘detention camps’ were torture and abuse was rife; around 7,000 are estimated to be there still to this day, and hundreds have been summarily executed.
Black people in particular were targeted, seen as symbolic of the pro-African policies pursued by Gaddafi but hated by the supremacist militias, with the black Libyan town of Tawergha turned into a ghost town overnight as Misratan militias made good on their promise to kill all those who refused to leave. Such activities were effectively legalised by the NATO-imposed ‘Transitional National Council’ whose Laws 37 and 38 decreed that public support for Gaddafi could be punished by life imprisonment and activities taken ‘in defence of the revolution’ would be exempt from prosecution.
Nevertheless, over the years that followed, as the militias turned on each other and the country rapidly fell apart, reports began to suggest that much of southern Libya was slowly coming under the control of Gaddafi’s supporters. On January 18th 2014, an air force base near the southern city of Sabha was taken by Gaddafi loyalists, frightening the new government enough to impose a state of emergency, ban Libya’s two pro-Gaddafi satellite stations, and embark on aerial bombing missions in the south of the country.
But it was, ironically, the passing of the death sentences themselves – intended to extinguish pro-Gaddafi sentiment for good – that triggered the most open and widespread demonstrations of support for the former government so far, with protests held in August 2015 across the country, and even in ISIS-held Sirte. Middle East Eye reported the following from the demonstration in Sabha (in which 7 were killed when militias opened fire on the protesters): “Previous modest pro-Gaddafi celebrations in the town had been overlooked by the Misratan-led Third Force, stationed in Sabha for over a year – originally to act as a peacekeeping force following local clashes.
‘This time, I think the Third Force saw the seriousness of the pro-Gaddafi movement because a demonstration this big has not been seen in the last four years,’ said Mohamed. ‘There were a lot of people, including women and children, and people were not afraid to show their faces … IS had threatened to shoot anyone who protested on Friday, so there were no green flags in towns they control, apart from Sirte, although there are some green flags flying in remote desert areas,’ he said. ‘But if these protests get stronger across the whole of Libya, people will become braver and we will see more green flags. I know many people who are just waiting for the right time to protest.’”
In Sirte, demonstrators were fired at by ISIS fighters, who dispersed the group and took away seven people, including four women. The same Middle East Eye report made the following comment: “The protests have been a public representation of a badly kept secret in Libya, that the pro-Gaddafi movement which has existed since the 2011 revolution has grown in strength, born out of dissatisfaction with the way life has worked out for many ordinary citizens in the last four years…[Mohamed] added that some people who had originally supported the 2011 revolution had joined the protests. Most Libyans just want a quiet life. They don’t care who takes over or who controls Libya’s money, they just want a comfortable life. That’s why Gaddafi stayed in power for 42 years. Salaries were paid on time, we had good subsidies on all the essentials and living was cheap.”
Mohammed Eljarh, writing in the conservative US journal Foreign Policy, added that “These pro-Qaddafi protests have the potential to turn into a national movement against the 2011 revolution, not least because a growing number of Libyans are deeply disillusioned by its outcome…there is now a building consensus that the atrocities and abuses committed by post-Qaddafi groups since the revolution exceed by far those committed by the Qaddafi regime during its rule.”
At the same time, the Green resistance is becoming an increasingly influential force within the Libyan National Army, representing the country’s elected House of Representatives. Earlier this year, the Tobruk parliament allowed Gaddafi’s widow back into the country, whilst the LNA entered into an alliance with pro-Gaddafi tribes in the country’s East, and began to recruit open supporters of Gaddafi into its military structures. Gaddafi’s Tuareg commander General Ali Kanna, for example, who fled Libya following Gaddafi’s fall in 2011, has now reportedly been welcomed into the LNA. The policy is already bearing fruit, with several territories near Sirte already seized from ISIS by the new allies.
The Jamahiriya, it seems, is back. But then, it never really went away. rt.com
The son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, has reportedly been released from prison, more than four years after he was caught trying to flee the country by a rebel militia, despite being sentenced to death last year.
“He is well and safe and in Libya,” his lawyer Karim Khan told France 24, revealing that his client had been set free back on April 12, though the news had not been made public until now. Khan suggested that Gaddafi did not face any future charges, and was let go “in accordance with Libyan law.”
Gaddafi had been held by an autonomous militia in the inland city of Zintan, following his capture in November 2011, on the way to Niger in the wake of his father’s summary execution.
In 2015 a court in Tripoli, under control of Libya Dawn, a rival faction to the one holding him, sentenced him to death for ordering troops to fire at civilian targets, recruiting militia units, and inciting rape and murder during the Libyan civil war.
The trial was widely condemned by international organizations for slapdash judicial standards, and using confessions obtained under torture. Gaddafi was never handed over by the Zintan militia.
The 44-year-old Gaddafi is still wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for a host of crimes against humanity, and war crimes associated with his father’s regime. But Khan said that a repeat trial would constitute double jeopardy.
“It is prohibited to try an individual twice for the same offense,” he insisted.
The urbane, London School of Economics-educated Gaddafi was often considered the second-in-command in Tripoli in the latter part of his father’s rule, and was touted to become his successor, before the war broke out.
His also led a lavish lifestyle, in which he socialized with Europe’s most prominent politicians and tycoons, and dated a well-known Israeli actress. rt.com
Title: Libya ~ Caravan pro-Gaddafi in Benghazi ~ July 6, 2016
Gaddafi Loyalists — Not The Libyan Government Or U.S Aligned Rebels — Rescued Americans In Benghazi (February Martyrs Brigade, now known as Benghazi Defense Brigades, Libya al-Qaeda were assigned to protect the US ambassador)
This is what Libya Dawn does:
(Libya Dawn makes up the majority of the UN unity government forces):
British war graves in Libya desecrated by Islamist militants
The chief of Libyas new UN-backed government has reached Tripoli (by boat), defying threats from city militias, to proclaim a new order for the conflict-ravaged country in a move that could eventually pave the way for international forces to provide troops & air support. theguardian.com
The imposed “unity” government has been rejected by Islamist hardliners such as Libya Dawn, who initiated a no fly zone attempting to block travel of the imposed government to Tripoli (Any government operating under Libyan law must reside in Tripoli or Benghazi).
Supporters of Tobruk’s military chief, Khalifa Haftar have also reject the foreign imposed government.
Resistance statement from pro-Gaddafi forces in Benghazi say
they only recognize Saif al-Islam Gaddafi as the legitimate leader.
It is extremely deceptive to refer to this entity as a Unity Government, as it does not represent the vast majority of Libyans, & is more likely to produce the opposite of its name, further fracturing the Libyan people, exacerbating the conflict.
Human rights groups have condemned the sentencing of Saif-al Islam Gaddafi, son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and eight others of the previous regime to death.
The United Nations human rights office said the international body was “deeply disturbed” by the sentence given to the 43-year-old in absentia. He had presented the evidence to a Tripoli court via video link.
The UN said: “We are deeply disturbed at the verdicts and sentences handed down in Tripoli in the trial of former Gaddafi officials, in particular the imposition of the death penalty against a number of them. We had closely monitored the detention and trial and found that international fair trial standards had failed to be met.
“Among the key shortcomings is the failure to establish individual criminal responsibility in relation to specific crimes. There were also serious issues relating to access to lawyers, claims of ill-treatment, and trials conducted in absentia.”
The younger Gaddafi is currently being detained by a rival militia group which has refused to hand him over the Libyan authorities. He was sentenced over the war crimes committed during the 2011 uprising.
With two rival groups running parallel governments, several regions in the North African country have been gripped by lawlessness topped by an intense power struggle of the militias.
Among 37 people who were on trial, including Saif-al Islam, eight former officials were given the life sentence while seven others were jailed for 12 years; four were acquitted and some got shorter jail terms.
It is still unclear whether there would be an appeal against the verdict though Saif-al Islam’s lawyer has promised to challenge the ruling.
Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa programme director at Amnesty International, said in statement: “Instead of helping to establish the truth and ensuring accountability for serious violations during the 2011 armed conflict, this trial exposes the weakness of a criminal justice system which is hanging on by a thread in a war-torn country with no central authority.
“It’s a case that was always going to test the judiciary, but in the end it has shown the difficulties of delivering justice at a time when the rule of the gun overpowers the rule of law.
“The death sentences – the ultimate human rights violation – add further insult to injury, and should be overturned on appeal.” ibtimes.co.uk