Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Libya Rights Group Slams Former Grand Mufti over Call to Combat LNA

Libya Rights Group Slams Former Grand Mufti over Call to Combat LNA

Saturday, 23 February, 2019 - 08:15
Members of the Libyan National Army. (AFP)
Cairo – Jamal Jawhar and Khaled Mahmoud
The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya condemned on Friday calls by the country’s former grand mufti to combat the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Sheikh Al-Sadiq al-Ghariani, who has been blacklisted as terrorist, had made the call through a television station owned by his son.

The Commission slammed the call, urging the International Criminal Court to prosecute the cleric for “inciting violence and hatred.”

It said that his remarks were “clear incitement to civil war under religious cover through his call on several cities and regions to take up arms and fight the LNA.”

It deemed his comments a crime that can be penalized by Libyan law and a blatant violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In the South, informed military sources confirmed the conclusion of the LNA’s operation in the city of Murzuk against Chadian opposition groups and other mercenaries.

The LNA also completely seized Sabha city without a fight and a large oilfield near Oubari city that is farther South.

The army accuses the Chadian groups of attempting to expand their influence in the South. They are also accused of smuggling arms and trafficking people to fund their operations.

Editor Picks