Three new mass graves found in Libya’s Tarhuna

The General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons announced, on Sunday, the discovery of 3 new mass graves’ sites in “Al-Qabinah” in the city of Tarhuna.

In a post on its Facebook page, the authority indicated that the exhumation of the bodies from the newly discovered graves will start Monday.

The Libyan Attorney General, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, discussed Saturday with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for District Affairs, the Director of Security and the Chairman of the Steering Council of Tarhuna Municipality, the violations that the city witnessed in the past years, and the procedures for the preliminary investigation and their results, including the procedures for locating mass graves and the exhumation of the bodies and remains of the victims.

Al-Sour affirmed that the Public Prosecution has started investigation procedures into the violations attributed to the leaders and elements of the armed group named: “Al-Kaniyat”, since 2017, by taking a number of precautionary measures against them, including issuing arrest warrants against a number of the group’s leaders and their followers on 13 November, 2017.

He indicated that he attaches great importance to this issue because of the seriousness and gravity of the violations documented by the Public Prosecution investigation blogs.

Al-Sour added that strengthening the accountability of perpetrators and documenting the truth and reparation requires the involvement of victims’ families in the procedures, and support for conducting DNA analyzes of samples taken from victims and matching them with samples taken from families in the best internationally recognized laboratories, and extracting their results as soon as possible.

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