Aref Nayed: GNA Violated National Sovereignty By Accepting Saif Al-Islam Trial Outside Libya – Al Marsad

Dr. Aref Nayed, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS), said that the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) has once again compromised Libyan national sovereignty at the special hearing of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague, on the case against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, by declaring its acceptance to try Saif al-Islam Gaddafi outside the Libyan judiciary jurisdiction.

[Libya, 12 November 2019] – In a statement to Al-Marsad, Dr. Nayed pointed out that this step is catastrophic because it proves that the Government of National Accord (GNA) rejects the legitimacy of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), which was elected by the free will of the Libyan people in 2014, and the General Amnesty Law that was passed and promulgated by the HoR in 2015, and which represented a glimmer of hope for Libyan national reconciliation and social tolerance.

“The disregard of the national judiciary, the destruction of its jurisdiction, the contempt of the Libyan legislator and national laws, and the extradition of any Libyan citizen are categorically unacceptable,” Dr. Nayed added.

Concluding his statement to Al Marsad, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) Dr Aref Nayed said, “these actions are not surprising from an unelected government that has put the fate of Libyans in the wind and monopolized and squandered the livelihood of the Libyan people for more than four years without gaining the vote of confidence from the elected Parliament, and without taking the constitutional oath before it. This unconstitutional government has dealt with dozens of judgments issued by the Libyan national judiciary against it with disrespect and arrogance.”

@ Al Marsad English (2019)