Libya's army wants Haftar arrested for violating military law

2021-11-25 16:49:52
Libya's army wants Haftar arrested for violating military law

Libya's military prosecutor on Thursday demanded that orders to arrest renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who recently announced his presidential bid, be carried out.

The Military Prosecutor's Office conveyed a message to the Criminal Investigation Agency demanding "implementation of arrest orders issued by the Public Prosecution by the competent judicial officer” for five cases in 2019-2020, according to Libyan TV channel Al-Ahrar.

The office chaired by Mohammed Gharouda did gave no more details on the five cases, but it said Haftar violated military law by running for president as "Haftar is an officer in the Libyan army and has performed the nomination procedures for the High National Elections Commission."

It stressed that such violation “shall be punished with imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years.”

Nearly 100 candidates have registered to run in Libya’s Dec. 24 presidential elections, including Haftar, transitional Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, and former strongman leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was disqualified Wednesday by a Libyan court over committing war crimes.

Few days ago, hundreds of people in Libya took to the streets in Tripoli against "war criminals" running in next month's presidential election, after warlord Khalifa Haftar and a son of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi announced presidential bids.

According to media reports, Zionism regime is supporting Haftar presidential bid, hoping that the renegade administration would pave the way for a new normalization agreement with another North African and Arab country.

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