Ali Hamza and Salimah Jibreel (as well as countless other victims) have been victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by the Libyan National Army headed by the ‘warlord’ Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar.
Hamza’s mother, two brothers and two sisters have all been murdered. Jibreel has suffered a similar ordeal, with three minor children murdered, the youngest of which was three years old, and her husband detained incommunicado.
All of this was perpetrated by the LNA led by Haftar, described by commentators as a ‘warlord’ and ‘rogue commander’. Haftar is the man reported to be behind countless contraventions of international law in a civil war that has gripped Libya since the Libyan Revolution in 2011, including torture, kidnapping and solitary confinement.
With its justice system in collapse, the victims of the LNA are unable to pursue justice for their loss and suffering in Libya. Haftar is a US citizen and resident of Virginia and so some of these victims, including Hamza and Jibreel, have brought legal proceedings against him in the US District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia where they are now seeking just reparations.
The case is being led by National Security and Human Rights lawyer Mark Zaid, Virginian Counsel Tom Craig and International Human Rights lawyer Matthew Jury, and if successful, Haftar will finally be held accountable to those who have lost everything because of his actions.
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