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UNSMIL concerned about death sentences in east Libya

UNSMIL said Friday it was concerned about recent death sentences pronounced by military courts in eastern Libya, under Khalifa Haftar’s command.

“We have been informed of at least 13 death sentences issued by the Benghazi High Court and four by an al-Bayda Court, in potential violation of Libya’s international human rights law obligations.” UNSMIL added in a statement.

UNSMIL indicated that it was particularly concerned about reports that defendants had not been permitted to present their case, or have evidence against them examined.

UNSMIL remarked that following trials, sentences have been handed down secretly, without written or reasoned judgements being provided to defendants or lawyers.

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