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Libya Alahrar Exclusive: Details of Libyan lawsuit against Haftar, his loyalists and UAE in Washington

Libya Alahrar TV has obtained the document of the lawsuit filed by six Libyan families at the US District Court in Washington DC against Khalifa Haftar and some of his loyalists as well as the UAE for war crimes in Libya.

The document said the defendant Khalifa Haftar, whom it described as a U.S. citizen residing in the state of Virginia, owns along with three of his U.S.-based sons some businesses, which were established in Virginia between 2014 and 2017.

It added that Haftar had purchased 17 Virginia properties by cash between 2014 and 2017. At the time of the 17 Virginia property purchases, the official business address was listed as Haftar’s home address.

It also said that the defendant Saqr Adam Geroushi, whom it described as a Libyan citizen and Chief of Staff of the Libyan Air Force under the command of Haftar. It added that Geroushi was responsible for ordering aerial attacks.

The document indicated that the defendant, United Arab Emirates (UAE), senior officials working out of the embassy in Washington D.C. and the Permanent Mission at the United Nations, has been allegedly aiding and abetting defendant Haftar and defendant Geroushi in their war in Libya against their political opponents and the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, the capital of Libya.

“The UAE has been allegedly accused of providing and operating drones in support of the defendant Geroushi and the Libyan Air Force, which is a division of Haftar’s forces.” The lawsuit says.

According to the lawsuit, Aref Ali Nayed, who is a Canadian and Libyan citizen and the ex-Libyan Ambassador to the UAE, is the owner of “Libyan TV,” a Libyan television channel which broadcasts throughout Libya and on YouTube and via the channel as well as his company, “Libya TV”, he is promoting Haftar and Haftar’s forces in its broadcasts throughout the country.

“He uses his TV channel to foment discord against the Tripoli government. At all relevant times, defendant Nayed knew what Defendant Haftar’s agenda was, and supported him 100%.” The document remarked.

It also said that defendant Mohamoud Al-Werfalli, who is a Libyan citizen and a high-ranking official in Haftar’s forces, is a field commander in the Al-Saiqa Brigade and is directly responsible for ordering the commission of various war crimes, including extra judicial killings and torture in Libya.

Libyan nationals residing in the United States lodged lawsuit on Monday against Khalifa Haftar and his backer, the United Arab Emirates, at the US District Court in Washington DC, accusing them of war crimes in Libya.

The lawsuit, which was filed by six Libyan families whose relatives were killed by Haftar’s militias and countries supporting them, accused Haftar of killing and torture outside the law and asked for one billion dollars in compensation.

The lawsuit also accused the UAE of bring well aware of the repercussions of the use of its drones by Haftar’s militias in killing Libyans and destroying their infrastructure.

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