International judges on Tuesday unsealed an arrest warrant for Libya’s former security chief, accusing him of carrying out war crimes in 2011 to quash opposition to late dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
The announcement comes as the court is still in a legal tug-of-war with Libyan authorities to transfer Kadhafi’s jailed son Seif al-Islam to the tribunal in The Hague to face trial for crimes against humanity.
The warrant against Khaled says that between February and August 2011, the military, intelligence and security agencies carried out attacks on the civilian population “in furtherance of a policy designed by the Libyan state to quash the political opposition to the Kadhafi regime by any means”.
That included “lethal force and by arresting, detaining, torturing and abusing perceived political opponents”.
Prisoners across Libya “were subjected to various forms of mistreatment, including severe beatings, electrocution, acts of sexual violence and rape, solitary confinement” as well as mock executions.
As head of the agency from February to August 2011, Khaled “had the authority to implement Kadhafi’s orders,” it added.—Agencies