23 May 2012

Libya: Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi Casts Doubt On Existence of Fair Trial Guarantees

Tunis — Former Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi said, Wednesday from the Prison of Mornaguia, that the decision of his extradition to Libya means "his immediate execution."

He also questioned the ability and willingness of the Libyan Transitional Council to give him fair trial.

In a statement received by TAP from the group of defence lawyers in Tunisia, the Libyan former PM said he was not ready to be tried in Libya but was willing to respond to all charges against him in any other country in the world and regardless of the legal system as long as it guarantees a fair trial to him and preserves his rights.

"There is not and there cannot be in the next days in Libya a fair trial compliant with the most elementary international standards," he said, considering that the Libyan Transitional Council has neither the ability nor the sincere will to give him fair trial."

"I categorically deny all allegations on my participation in crimes against humanity or war crimes and corruption or in any other crimes that were allegedly committed in Libya or in any other place," the statement of Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi reads.

Libyan authorities, who overthrew the regime of Kadhafi, charge Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi with crimes against humanity, war crimes and rape.

The Tunisian Prime Ministry and the Presidency of the Republic announced, in recent days, their agreement in principle to extradite Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi to the Libyan authorities, provided that they give him fair trial and preserve his rights.

A Tunisian delegation will visit Libya soon to make sure the Libyan Transitional Council will provide needed guarantees before the extradition of Al-Mahmoudi.

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