The detention of ICC lawyer Melinda Taylor (pictured) in the Libyan town of Zintan after meeting with her client, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, has exposed the failures of the Libyan justice system and the militia groups that have still not disbanded.
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WONDER the French and British are so gunge ho to get involved in the same way in Syria.
Since they are, everything must have turned out wonderfully in Libya.
So why are we still talking about it. No doubt since France and the UK are so eager to move forward and oust the "madman" Assad, and replace him with a people's democracy, everything must now be settled in Libya, with a duly elected government in charge and running everything smoothly.
Seriously what truly amazes me is considering what an ongoing disaster Libya has turned out to be, I'd think both the French and British would have done a 180 by now on Syria, but nope.
Clearly it's personal.
They really don't care if the Alawites are massacred.
The only thing that matters is getting Assad.
Mr Belhaj the former leader of the Tripoli militia is suing the British government and relying on British justice. One of Gaddafis henchmen among the group expelled from the UK for shooting the policewoman is making an asylum request in Court to the UK to stay! Yet these same Libyans break the international law over a young female diplomat who they illegally arrest detain and now interrogate..... They still haven't realised the law is for everyone not just them when it suits them. Release the illegally detained diplomat.
This latest travesty as regards human rights in Libya underscores the obvious fact that what preceeded it, while referred to by many as a "civil war" was really an imperious police action carried on by NATO, which enabled a formerly disenfranchised group of tribes to obtain revenge against the tribal leader (of a different tribe) and, consequently, to bring down the government. Since NATO was in violation of international law in doing so, one wonders what people expect to result from such action. A consensus, legally constituted, of peace-loving citizens? Under Gaddafi there was at least a modicum of law, of consensus, even of peace, even more amazing given the sanctions imposed upon Libya due largely to the mania of one man, the U.S.President, Raegan, against the "Brother Leader". Now there is something akin to organized anarchy, according to the reports emanating from Libya. The young woman lawyer is brave to have gone there in the first place, but she certainly shouldn't have expected much else. This is symptomatic of the decadent attitude of western powers towards the lives of others in oil-rich areas.
Sadly it seems stupid thugs are in control.
When Gadaffi diplomatically protected thugs murdered an English policewoman in cold blood in London the British followed international law and expelled them. Libya's present leaders are either stupid or just thugs - or maybe they just cannot control the thugs in Zintan. Whatever the reason it is a disgrace that this young lawyer/diplomat has been detained and is being interrogated. Libya is becoming a dangerous laughing stock again. Oh dear.
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