3 Families of Libyan Victims Sue Warlord Khalifa Haftar in U.S. Court

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On June 26, 2019, three families who lost family members in a bombing campaign sued  Libya’s warlord Khalifa Haftar (also referred to as Hifter) in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.[1]  It adds to the efforts by human rights groups to have the UN and the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigate Haftar. The complaint alleges that in 1969 Haftar participated in the coup lead by Colonel Muammar Ghaddafi to overthrow the government of the King of Libya.  Thereafter, Haftar was a close ally of Ghaddafi.  Eventually, Haftar was a senior military leader in the Libyan Army under Ghaddaffi.