Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Libyan lawsuit filed against Sarkozy


Two French lawyers are to take legal action against French President Nicolas Sarkozy for crimes against humanity over NATO-led military operations in Libya.

Attorneys Jacques Verges and Roland Dumas have offered to represent Libyan families that have fallen victim to NATO strikes against Sarkozy, AFP reported.

“The two lawyers are going to file a complaint in the French courts in the name of the Libyan families,” a Libyan justice ministry official Ibrahim Boukhzam said.

Verges denounced a French state led by “hoodlums and killers,” adding that he and Dumas were “going to break the wall of silence.”

Dumas has further condemned his country's actions against a “sovereign country” and said he would be willing to defend Gaddafi if he were to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

During a visit to Tripoli, Dumas and Verges accused NATO forces of killing civilians instead of protecting them.

French warplanes were the first to strike Muammar Gaddafi's forces after a UN resolution calling for the protection of Libyan civilians and a no-fly zone was passed.

Sarkozy announced the launch of military actions in Libya, backed by Western and Arab allies, on March 19.

According to the Libyan government, hundreds of civilians have been killed by NATO strikes. NATO claims that it has targeted areas under the control of pro-Gaddafi force. 

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