US Judiciary suspends Haftar’s ongoing trials until end of election

US Judge Leonie Brinkma has decided to suspend the cases brought against Warlord Khalifa Haftar until the Libyan elections at the end of the year are over.

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The head of the Libyan-American coalition Essam Amish announced that Judge Leonie Brinkma has postponed Warlord Khalifa Haftar’s hearings until after the December 24 elections.

It was stated that the background of the decision was established with the correspondence with the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) Defense and National Security Committee and the families of the Haftar victims.

In this context, Amish described HoR’s involvement in Haftar’s ongoing trials as political intervention. In addition to this, it was noted that some administrative and legal mistakes were made during the correspondence of the Government of National Unity (GNU) officials as well as the lawyers of the victims’ families.

However, Amish stated that the families of victims of Haftar want the trial process to continue regardless of Libya’s current political situation.

While Amish interpreted the decision as unfortunate and surprising, he also stated that the suspension of the trial did not prevent the accusations against Haftar.


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