ICC renews call for extradition of Al-Werfali

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against Mahmoud Al-Werfali for being responsible for a “war crime” in an armed conflict in Libya.

The Court said that Al‑Werfali, former commander at the Special Forces Brigade, also known as Al-Saiqa Forces, is still free, calling on all concerned authorities around the world to arrest and extradite him to the ICC headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.

Last year, the U.N. asked the Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar to arrest Al-Werfali over accusations of committing war crimes in Benghazi after several videos circulated on social media that showed Al-Werfali executing terrorist suspects. In July, Haftar ordered the arrest of Al-Werfalli for his “escape from military prison while under investigation for military rules’ violations.”

In one of the videos, Al-Werfali executed three kneeling militant suspects in the Benghazi district of Salmania. In other videos, he appeared giving orders for summary executions of alleged terrorists or shooting the prisoners himself.

The ICC issued two previous arrest warrants against Al-Werfali. The first was on 15 August 2017 and the other was on 4 July this year.

The Court’s call for the arrest of Al-Werfali comes as part of its re-publication in November of an arrest warrant including a number of wanted men for trial. The warrant included Saif Al-Islam Al-Qaddafi, Al-Tohamy Khalid, and others.

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