World Bulletin/News Desk
A Libyan human rights group, the Libyan Observatory of Human Rights, has formally condemned the killing of a judge tasked with investigating the murder of a former army general who defected from the regime of former leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
The Libyan-based advocacy group has slammed the countries ruling interim government, National Transitional
Council (NTC), adding that they were responsible for Jumah Hasan al-Jazwi’s killing.
Judge al Jazwi was shot dead, whilst on his way to pray at a mosque in eastern city Benghazi on Thursday.
The judge was tasked with investigating the murder of General Abdel Fattah Younes, who was killed last year.
Gen. Younes was one of the countries high profile individuals to have defected during the uprising and subsequent civil war, which resulted in toppling of Gaddafi.
The Libyan Observatory says that the NTC, currently governing Libya through its transition period, were purposefully delaying the investigation into the killing of Gen. Younes.
Younes, who had previously assisted Gaddafi is overthrowing King Idris and assuming power in 1969, defected to become the commander of the rebel forces to fight against his former close friend and leader.
He was killed in July 2011, with reports indicating that he was disliked by many and treated with suspicion, because of his former ties with Gaddafi.
Younes was killed soon after he recalled to Benghazi from the front line city of Brega. At the time, conflicting reports were given as to how he was killed, even by NTC leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil.
Additional reports from Libya have indicated that al Jazwi had issued an arrest warrant for Younes last year, with many suggesting that al Jazwi was considered a suspect in Younes’ death.