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Final defence presented in trial of Gaddafi-era senior officials

Gripping the bars of the cage holding 28 defendants in a Tripoli Courtroom on Wednesday, former head of the Libyan external intelligence agency Abuzeid Dorda pulled himself to a standing position. Both his legs were broken in a fall whilst in custody in 2011 and he cannot stand unaided. 

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Gaddafi loyalists lose lustre in court's dull setting

For all Libya’s chaos, there is one constant. Every two weeks, tens of defendants are presented before a judge at a court in a prison in Tripoli. The defendants are always the same, though their number sometimes vary. The trial? The prosecution of former Gaddafi-era Jamahiriya officials, most notably (but …

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Hardline Hassi claims US coming to the rescue

The head of the “government” appointed by the rump General National Congress and supported by Libya Dawn, Omar Al-Hassi, has claimed that the US Justice Department and his administration are collaborating on humanitarian reconstruction in Libya. As a result, he said, the US would be sending food, medical supplies and …

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Turkey’s proxy war in Libya

Why did Saqr Geroushi, the commander of Operation Dignity’s Libyan air force recently announce that the forces under his command would shoot down Turkish aircraft that entered Libyan airspace without permission? Turkey’s reaction was swift. Its Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the threat and indirectly chastised the forces under the …

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Libya’s Glimpse of Hope

Libya is in a sorry state. Fighting continues at the extremist-controlled international airport in Tripoli, which the Libyan air force attacked last week. City centers are still embroiled in conflict, and earlier this month, the country’s Supreme Court dissolved the country’s internationally recognized parliament. Now, two rival prime ministers are …

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Libya's Glimpse of Hope

Libya is in a sorry state. Fighting continues at the extremist-controlled international airport in Tripoli, which the Libyan air force attacked last week. City centers are still embroiled in conflict, and earlier this month, the country’s Supreme Court dissolved the country’s internationally recognized parliament. Now, two rival prime ministers are …

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