World Bulletin/News Desk
Libya's newly-appointed Prosecutor-General al-Sadek al-Sour has refused to assume his duties in protest at the parliament's sacking of his predecessor, fearing the move would cause division within the country's judiciary.
"I'm afraid that tensions and divisions within the parliament would spill over to the judiciary," al-Sour said in an interview with private Ahrar channel Wednesday night.
Libya's interim General National Congress (parliament) voted on Tuesday to send the countrty's Prosecutor-General Abdel-Qader Radwan into forced retirement and replacing him with al-Sour, who served as the head of the prosecution's investigations department.
Parliament spokesman Omar Hemeidan denied that the decision to sack Radwan was "politically motivated", attributing the move to Radwan's "failure to keep up with rapid developments in Libya with serious investigations into national security cases."
Al-Sour, for his part, said he did not know of his appointment beforehand.
"Although I am legally eligible to take the post, I cannot bear such a tremendous responsibility," al-Sour said.
The parliament's decision to sack Radwan comes as fears of a possible civil war surrounded the troubled North African country in recent weeks since renegade general Khalifa Haftar declared war on armed militias – some of which have been absorbed into the regular army – in the eastern city of Benghazi.
Recent fighting in the flashpoint city between militiamen and Haftar's forces has left scores dead from both sides.Last Mod: 12 Haziran 2014, 09:30