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US court issues arrest warrant for Libyan war lord Khalifa Haftar

Libyan war lord Khalifa Haftar

An arrest warrant for Libya’s renegade general Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), has been issued by a Virginia court in America on the basis that the general, who has the dual US and Libyan nationality, bears responsibility for the indiscriminate shelling of civilians in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

The lawsuit against Haftar and his LNA forces, which invaded Tripoli in early April in an attempt to overthrow the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), was filed by four families related to those killed, estimated to be over 1 000 people, last July. The Virginia court said that if Haftar didn’t answer to his arrest warrant, he would be sentenced in absentia, the Libya Observer reported.

Libyan war lord Khalifa Haftar

US Congressmen have also called earlier for prosecuting Haftar for war crimes he committed in Libya since 2014, citing that he is a US citizen and should be tried in the US.

The ongoing fighting between LNA forces and GNA government troops has reached a stalemate with neither side gaining ground as civilians continue to pay the price and infrastructure is destroyed. Various regional and international countries have also been involved in supporting different sides of the conflict with military, economic and other aid.

In other news – AKA quits Politics forever as Julius Malema nails him

For years now Kiernan Forbes commonly known as AKA has expressed a great interest in politics. It even got to a point of being a celebrity advocate and passionate follower for the leading political party, African National Congress.

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The recent saga involving Nigerian singer Burna Boy, which led to Economic Freedom Fighter’s leader Julius Malema throwing a number of shades on AKA had Bhova take a permanent step back. Malema became one of the people who said Burna Boy is welcome in SA despite his views about Xenophobia in South Africa. Read more

Source: IOL

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