> No concrete evidence of war crimes against Muammar Gaddafi
Accusation of war crimes and crimes against humanity, made by human rights activists against the regime of former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, are not based on concrete evidence, according to a leading Swiss newspaper. The lack of evidence, as pointed out by the Ambassador of Libya to Switzerland, Sliman Bouchuiguir, raises questions on the various allegations made on the slain Libyan leader.
Mass demonstrations against the 40-year-old ruler of Libya, General Gaddafi, who was then alive, started in mid February. The Libyan people were asking for an end to the dictator styled rule of Muammar Gaddafi. The demonstration was followed by armed confrontations between the protesters and Gaddafi’s loyalists. There were many civil casualties and the Libyan Human Rights activists accused the then government of mass executions of the protesters with the help of armed forces. They were also accused of mass rape of women soldiers.
As the grip of Gaddafi’s men loosened on the country and Gaddafi having to flee in order to save his life and that of his family members, the opposition gained substantial advantage in the conflict. On the morning of October 20, 2011, the opposition fighters caught Muammar Gaddafi near his home village, where he had been hiding for many days. He was subsequently brutally murdered by the enraged mob.
Prior to his death, the human rights activists had registered their charges against Gaddafi with the Human Rights Council in February, shortly after the beginning of the unrest in Libya.
In an interview with a French journalist, Bouchuiguir stated that there was no concrete evidence of the crimes committed by the Libyan authorities. He said that he received all the information he had conveyed to the Human Rights Council, from the new-to-power opponents of Gaddafi. He mentioned that the information about the official figures of 6000 killed and 12000 injured during the Libyan unrest, was also provided by the rebellion forces. Bouchuiguir had himself sent these details along with the official report to the UN in March this year.