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Archive for October 12th, 2012

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Friday 12th October 2012  Three civilians have been killed in a bombardment on Bani Walid, according to a doctor working in the town.  It is reported that 35 others were injured. The fatalities occurred when a suspected Grad rocket hit their house close to the centre of Bani Walid on Wednesday. “There was heavy fighting on Wednesday and also some  [ Read More ]

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Friday 12th October 2012  The former independent congressman Ali Zidan has emerged as the most likely candidate to be elected Libya’s next prime minister in a vote to be held on Sunday. Zidan, who resigned his seat in order to run, is one of four candidates to have been chosen by a congressional committee set up to expedite the process  [ Read More ]

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October 2012  The defence lawyer for Col Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, has told the International Criminal Court its reputation would be harmed by a trial inside Libya. Libyan officials want Seif Gaddafi, who is accused of war crimes, to face justice in his homeland, but Melinda Taylor told an ICC public hearing there was no doubt he would be  [ Read More ]

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October 2012 In the first hearing at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on where Saif al-Islam Qaddafi should be tried for crimes against humanity, his defence lawyer said that if tried in Libya, he would receive a death sentence without a fair trial. “Although the Libyan government has danced around the issue, let’s be very clear” said Melinda Taylor, “  [ Read More ]

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October 2012  A major new project in Benghazi is underway to create Libya’s first electronic library. Attia Saleh Al Ojali, under-secretary at the Ministry of Culture and Civil Society, who is supervising the work, told the Libya Herald: “This library will allow readers to access many scientific periodicals in medicine, sciences and engineering, so that readers can get these publications and  [ Read More ]

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Friday 12th October 2012  The United States has appointed a new Chargé d’ Affairs to Libya as the successor to the slain ambassador Chris Stevens. Emphasizing Washington’s commitment to strong relations with Tripoli, the US State Department announced on Thursday that Laurence Pope, a veteran diplomat, has already arrived in Tripoli. “Pope’s selection as Chargé d’ Affairs emphasizes the commitment  [ Read More ]

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October 2012  Every family in Libya is to be given 1,000 dinars to celebrate Eid Al-Adha following a resolution of the National Congress in Tripoli. The donation is to help families cover the cost of the festival, with a reasonable sheep reckoned to cost in the region of LD 800 at present. The plan is likely to cost in excess  [ Read More ]

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Friday 12th October 2012  The United States has a new charge d’affairs in Libya to oversee diplomatic efforts in the wake of Ambassador Chris Stevens’ killing. Laurence Pope arrived Thursday in Tripoli to take on the role, the State Department announced. With no ambassador in the country, Pope will handle those duties. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Pope “looks  [ Read More ]

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October 2012  Jack Straw, the former foreign secretary in the UK government, and Sir Mark Allen, a former senior MI6 officer, have been cited as key defendants in court documents that describe in detail abuse meted out to Libyan dissidents and their families after being abducted and handed to Muammar Gaddafi’s secret police with the help of British intelligence. The  [ Read More ]

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October 2012 Diplomatic security in Libya was drawn down ahead of last month’s fatal attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi and U.S. officials did not have enough protection, the former head of a U.S. security team in Libya told lawmakers. “The security in Benghazi was a struggle and remained a struggle throughout my time there … Diplomatic security remained  [ Read More ]