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Libyan rights group: National Transitional Council responsible for killing judge

The Libyan Observatory for Human Rights (LOHR) on Friday condemned the killing of Judge Jumah Hasan al-Jazwi and blamed the National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website] for the killing. Al-Jazwi was shot on his way to a mosque Thursday. LOHR said [BBC report] al-Jazwi was investigating last year's killing of Gen. Abdel Fattah Younes, who had abandoned former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime. Younes had been viewed with suspicion because of his past close relationship with Gaddafi when he began leading rebellions against him last year. He was killed in July 2011, and al-Jazwi was at one time a prime suspect in the killing. LOHR said the NTC had been delaying the investigation of Younes's death.

The Libyan government has also been in conflict with the UN lately for its detaining of International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] staff members who were sent to the country to meet with Salif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. Last week, Libyan authorities announced that they had begun interrogation [JURIST report] of the ICC members, who are accused of attempting to smuggle documents to Salif al-Islam. The UN Security Council [official website] demanded release [JURIST report] of the officials last week, saying that Libya was required to "cooperate fully" with the Court and Prosecutor under Resolution 1970 (2011) [text, PDF]. However, an anonymous judicial source earlier this month said the ICC members would remain detained for 45 days [JURIST report] while an investigation is conducted.

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