RN in the Press:Mallat on Libya and Sadr case after Qaddafi’s Death

21/10/2011

RN Chairman Mallat in an interview with the Harvard Crimson highlighted his concern for Libya’s future after the killing of Qaddafi, noting that  “Justice would have been far better served if he had been tried rather than killed.”  In contrast with the overwhelmingly nonviolent tactics employed in Egypt and Tunisia, he noted that the “…violent death doesn’t bode very well for a new start in Libya”. Despite the killing, Mallat – as lawyer for the families of Imam Musa Sadr and his two companions, Sheikh Muhammad Yaqub and jounalist Abbas Badreddine,  who disappeared in 1978 during an official visit to Libya – in comments to the Daily Star noted that the case pending before the Lebanese judiciary against Qaddafi and his aides will proceed adding that “…the only serious forum for the truth, and hopefully the liberation of the Imam and his companions, is a court of law, be it domestic or international.”  He further highlighted in an interview with Now Lebanon recent revelations regarding false testimonies in the case and the questionable role of Italy in reopening the investigation in 2005 at the request of the Libyan dictator and its subsequent ruling that essentially exonerated Qaddafi in a stunning reversal of judgement despite an absence of new evidence. Links to the full articles are provided below.

 

 

 

Questions Follow Gaddafi’s Death

By MADELINE C. CONNORS, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER

Muammar Gaddafi, the authoritarian leader that has defined the last 40 years of Libyan public life, was killed Thursday morning while attempting to flee his stronghold in Sirte. Gaddafi’s death brings to an end a repressive era in Libyan history, but one Harvard professor says that Gadaffi’s violent end may undermine the fragile seeds of democracy there.  Chibli Mallat, a visiting professor of Islamic legal studies, expressed concern for the future of Libya after Gaddafi’s death. Mallat said that the decision to kill Gaddafi was poorly informed, noting the need for closure after a 40-year dictatorship. “I wanted him to stand trial. I’m sorry it ended in this way.” (Continue Reading)
Gaddafi died the way he lived, in crude brutalityThe Daily Star

New Hope in Sadr CaseNow Lebanon

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