Skip to comments.Friends disappear as vengeance still stalks across Libya
Posted on 02/16/2012 9:45:22 PM PST by Nachum
For the first time since the fall of the Qaddafi regime, a trial has opened near Benghazi of civilians accused of supporting the former regime. Some of four dozen civilians are also accused of helping "loyalist" prisoners escape from their "revolutionary" captors.
The military trial opened and adjourned just as quickly at a base just outside Benghazi. The defence team accused the court of incompetence and requested a transfer to civilian court. None of the accused, after all, faces war-related accusations.
One wonders what kind of justice the new masters of Libya can deliver and how justice is to be served and maintained when security is minimal, innocent people die every day and thousands of people languish in prisons across the country without trial or access to lawyers or relatives, let alone rights groups.
Many international rights groups question the competence of Libya's justice system and its readiness to handle such cases. In fact, the uprising that began in Benghazi a year ago was symbolically led by the city's courts, when judges and lawyers laid siege to the building for weeks in protest over the lack of an independent and reformed judiciary.
Barely a year has passed, and the interim government has been in office less than three months. The government has yet to deliver on its pledge to reform the judiciary and conduct what it has called "interim justice". Any trial taking place today is being conducted in the very same judicial system that the rebels had fought against.
In the meantime, rebel militias particularly in Misurata, Sirte and Tripoli are being accused of a series of basic rights violations, murder and armed robbery. The government has yet to make a single arrest in those cases, let alone begin the process of trying them.
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Ah...the beauty of the “arab spring.” nobama/clintoon WTFforeign policy at its best.